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TOD BROWNING, THE GAME OF ILLUSIONS


60'
2016


VERSION(S)
French, M&E

SUPPORT(S)
4K

PRODUCER(S)
MOVIE DA

DIRECTOR
Alain Mazars

A portrait of the "Edgar Allan Poe of the cinema", the director of the mythical Freaks and the first Dracula “talkie” with Bela Lugosi, through his films, which were thought lost and recently found.

Although the director's two best-known films are talkies (FREAKS and DRACULA), Tod Browning was mainly a filmmaker of the silent movie era, since the vast majority of his films have no sound. Yet his silent films are totally unknown, while many of them are masterpieces.
The documentary offers a portrait of Tod Browning through these two films, which were thought lost but recently found. It is also a journey back in time, in the course of which we conduct a thematic analysis of his work, along an axis that would appear to be its very essence: illusion.

Selected for the Festival Lumière de Lyon, 2016


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