- Victor Sjostrom
- Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert
Acclaimed Swedish-born director Sjöström’s adaptation of Leonid Andreyev’s celebrated play tells “the story of a scientist whose happiness is destroyed by a friend who steals not only his wife but also the results of his life’s research. The scientist turns bitter and, in desperation, joins a circus as a clown whose popular act is based on being repeatedly slapped. The clown, now known only as ‘He’ (even his identity has been taken), is slapped whenever he attempts to speak and, with each slap, relives his personal and professional humiliation. Eventually, the clown finds redemption when he falls in love with another circus performer, a pretty young bareback rider named Consuelo.” (San Francisco Silent Film Festival) “Occasionally an exceptional picture comes along which makes no attempt to pander to the box office. He Who Gets Slapped is one of this sort, an artistic masterpiece.” (Movie Weekly) From the collection of the George Eastman House.