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He Who Gets Slapped (1924): Life is a cruel joke



This is an extended version of the catalogue essay I wrote for Pirmoji Banga 2022, currently taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania. The famous phrase attributed to Charlie Chaplin offers a devastating summary of He Who Gets Slapped (1924): “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” Victor Sjöström’s film examines what … Continue reading He Who Gets Slapped (1924): Life is a cruel joke



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