There's a definite reason the silent-era actor who sacrificed his own comfort — from contact lenses that ruined his eyesight to costumes that permanently injured his spine — earned the nickname “The Man of 1,000 Faces.” Explore why tonight in He Who Gets Slapped (1924, Victor Sjostrom), in which Chaney plays a former scientist turned circus clown whose shtick involves getting slapped repeatedly in the face.

Wed., Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 2008

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