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Monday, August 22, 2011

The Ace of Hearts (1921)

Think of Ace of Hearts as a very old episode of Creepshow.  It's a thriller that asks lots of moral questions about who should live and who should die with a story line that wrapped up in unrequited love.  The horror elements of Lon Chaney Sr's better known films [Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of the Opera] are absent but in its place is an actor which an amazing ability to convey emotion without saying a word.  
Modern audiences need to learn a little bit of patience with silent films.  They usually unfold rather slowly and the pacing is different from modern cinema.  However, I have grown to enjoy these early films and it's great to see Chaney in a more subtle role.  He really is wonderful to watch and his mastery of the craft of acting in silent films cannot be denied.  
Give this one a chance.  It definitely has its rewards.  I watched the restored version which is a part of the Lon Chaney Collection from Turner Classics.  This version of Ace has a new musical score that definitely enhanced the experience of watching the film.  
I am no expert on silent films.  I just know a good film when I see it.  Don't miss it.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. Loved the score for this on the Chaney collection. Not the best film on the disc, but still very good as you said.