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Last night, I got back in touch with an old friend, Tod Browning’s 1927 film The Unknown. I love this film so much. Joan Crawford, in one of her first major roles, plays the daughter of a gypsy circus troupe leader who clearly is suffering from serious PTSD after a lifetime already defining by sexual […]
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This 1928 travelogue by Isaac Upham doesn’t feel like a journey into 92 years ago. It feels like 200 years ago. Obviously the 20th century has reached China–the European style buildings in Shanghai, the electric wires, of course the fact that it is all being filmed. But China has changed so dramatically that it feels […]
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