FILM: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Showtimes: Sunday, October 17
$12 public | $10 members

With LIVE musical accompaniment provided by Jeff Rapsis, New Hampshire-based performer regarded as one of the nation's leading silent film musicians.

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In 1920, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE was adapted into a feature-length production in which the great stage actor John Barrymore had his first major screen role, and is generally regarded as America's first true horror film.

Directed by John S. Robertson, it is a fairly faithful rendition of Stevenson's novel and perfectly captures the period of 19th century London. Barrymore delivers a tour de force dual performance, and his transformation into the malevolent Mr. Hyde is a chilling study in pantomime. The early part of Jekyll's initial transformation into Hyde was achieved with no makeup, instead relying solely on Barrymore's ability to contort his face and body. As the character degenerates further, Barrymore's features become more hideous, his movements more spider-like as he preys upon his female victims.

Dr. Henry Jekyll (John Barrymore) is working on separating the good and evil aspects from a person's persona and comes up with a potion that holds the key. Using himself as a guinea pig, Dr. Jekyll drinks his formula and is transformed into the evil Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde's activities are the scandal of the city and are a major, though secret, embarrassment to the kindly Dr. Jekyll. Dr. Jekyll attempts to keep his connection to Mr. Hyde a secret, all the while he cannot put aside that aspect of his personality which he has released.

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Rating: NR
Director: John S. Robertson
Starring: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield
Release Date: March 28, 1920
Runtime: 79 minutes
Format: DCP