Before Paul Leni came to the U.S. to make 1927’s The Cat and the Canary, he directed this silent film–and hey, it’s generally accepted that Day 16 has a silent movie for its movie pick so…thanks, Paul! Anyway, a writer answers an ad at a wax museum and takes up the task of writing stories involving some of the models. Those stories become parts in this 1924 silent anthology flick, and among the characters are Ivan the Terrible…played by the silent film genius Conrad Veidt, who we’ve seen a couple of times before.
And because we like to give you options, we have the film with one score–and then we have it again…with a live score performed in 2013 by Mike Patton, Matthias Bossi, Scott Amendola and William Winant. Pretty badass. It apparently was filmed…but I don’t see where that’s been released. However, someone has synced up the score with the film…and that’s below as well. If somebody knows where this is available, let me know–I would totally buy it.
And the Patton-led scored version is here:
Kino released the film on DVD back in 2004.