What Got This Director Here?: The Wind/The Phantom Carriage in conjunction.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: The Wind.
What Did I Watch: He Who Gets Slapped.
Where Does He Fit: Sjostrom, for some reason, does not go as bizarro with the visuals as he did in The Wind or The Phantom Carriage or even A Man There Was. This is a very story oriented silent film that focuses on the tale of a man’s downfall that never seems to stop, going from an inventor to a clown that allows himself to be beaten up by the others. The last laugh is truly the best, and when the people who ruined his old life re-enter we get some good old fashioned primal questions that aren’t really excused visually. Give me insane ghosts and winds and water, not this, but it’s still a fun little quandary.
Most Valuable Asset: Whatever oddness is included is omnipresent.
Most Excited For: Seen all the good stuff.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: George Roy Hill, BP winner of 1973.