Lon Chaney: Behind the Mask (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Lon Chaney: Behind the Mask (1995)

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A profile of actor Lon Chaney, "The Man of a Thousand Faces," detailing his climb to fame and his unique and innovative makeup techniques. Also: clips from home movies and films, including "The Trap" and "The Scarlet Car." Written and produced by Bret Wood.

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This bio doc is available on Netflix. The Chaney family was well off enough to have access to 8mm home movie cameras, so clips from home and from their travels are a special treat. It is a tragedy that so many silent films have been lost, but excerpts from several of Chaney's films can be glimpsed here. So, we get to see some of his "thousand faces," his pantomime skills, and find out that he worked quite often with Tod Browning of Dracula and Freaks fame. At only a little over an hour it does not go very deep.

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