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Double Feature: The Mad Genius + Alias the Doctor

 
Curator's Choice
 
Tue, Mar 12, 2013
  • 4:30PM
  • 7:30PM
 
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Rose Cinemas
RATED: NR
FORMAT: 35mm
GENERAL ADMISSION: $13
MEMBERS: $8*
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $9 (29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
 
+  Guest hosts Howard Mandelbaum and Eric Myers
 
 
 
 
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Co-presented by the Warner Archive Collection

The Mad Genius (1931)

Directed by Michael Curtiz

With John Barrymore, Marian Marsh

81min

A crippled puppeteer (Barrymore, reprising his deranged Svengali persona) kidnaps a boy and manically molds him into a famous ballet dancer—until the young man falls for a pretty ballerina (Marsh), resulting in a seriously gruesome night at the ballet. This triumph of high-expressionist style—bizarro, Caligari-esque doorways and staircases abound—from Warner Bros. maverick Curtiz stars a pre-Frankenstein Boris Karloff as Russia’s meanest dad.

Alias the Doctor (1932)

Directed by Michael Curtiz

With Richard Barthelmess, Marian Marsh

61min

A selfless surgeon (Barthelmess) must assume his loutish brother’s identity in order to save his patients’ lives. Curtiz reteamed with Mad Genius art director Anton Grot to transform this shoulda-been-forgettable medical melodrama into a stylistic riot of arch-modernist set design, looming, outsized shadows, and disorienting camera angles.

 
 
 
*Curator's Choice Screening 
 

Tue, Mar 12 at 7:30pm

BAM Cinema Club members the Movie Buff II level and above are invited with a guest to the double feature screening of The Mad Genius + Alias the Doctor.

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