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Calendar, Night&Day Magnetic Unknown

Magnetic Unknown

Lesser known but freakier than Freaks, Tod Browning's silent horror movie The Unknown stars Lon Chaney in an epic turn as Alonzo the Armless, a deformed knife-thrower who uses his toes to hurl daggers. His lovely assistant Nanon (played…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bells Are Ringing

Bells Are Ringing

In a blessedly inspired pairing of venue and program, Lon Chaney makes the heavy church bells chime twice tonight in the skyscraping religious landmark and tourist destination astride Nob Hill. (No, we don’t mean the Top of the Mark.) The…
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Calendar, Night&Day

The Music of the Night

Tonight's screenings of Phantom of the Opera at Grace Cathedral has all the spoils of a rich kid's birthday party. The church wanted an accompanist to play live on its 1934 Aeolian-Skinner Great Organ, so someone picked up the phone…
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Film, <i>Phantom</i> Menace

Phantom Menace

By all accounts, the only living creatures who've never taken in a stage production of The Phantom of the Opera are Osama bin Laden and Uncle Elmer's deaf hound dog Bart -- which means that everyone else on the planet…
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Calendar, Night&Day Silent but Lovely

Silent but Lovely

While motion pictures say goodbye to their origins as pictures that move, and still photographs projected onto strips of celluloid give way to an all-digital, all-CGI experience, the paradoxical appeal of the silent films made over cinema's first few decades…
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Second Time Around

The Phantom of the Opera Alone among the old horror standbys, the Phantom of the Opera is a man among monsters -- a disfigured musical genius named Erik who wreaks havoc in that most stylish of cultural haunts, the Grand…
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