Film Maudit 2.0 - 2022 (presented by Highways)

Violent Vickie scores + performs "The Wicked Darling"

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FREAK OF THE DISPOSSESSED: NEU MUSIC TO THE WORKS OF LON CHANEY


Regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful performers to ever grace the silver screen, Leonidas Frank "Lon" Chaney (1883-1930) was renowned for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with makeup. Utilizing techniques he developed, Chaney’s ability to transform himself for each role earned him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces." He is best remembered for his starring roles in such iconic silent films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). 


Chaney was an unusual movie star of the silent era. He eluded the pop mystique of the matinee idols of the day by existing at the periphery of the scene — both on and off camera. Rarely did Chaney lead a film (and when he did, it was only in the form of some expressionistic, phantasmagorical being), though his name was used to sell most of the work he appeared in. He was a character actor before the role became an identity. In his physical transferences, Chaney was able to dodge the typical blurring of self, performer, and performance that is ordinarily found in most cinematic representations. In his rigorous, albeit subtle transformation of desire and intention, he offered a new paradigm for the melancholic suffering of hope and fear.


Three queer Los Angeles-area music acts have created new, original scores to be performed live to three Chaney films. The musical aesthetic ranges from poppy experimental to stoner rock to dark electronica.


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VIOLENT VICKIE scores + performs THE WICKED DARLING


ABOUT THE FILM

he Wicked Darling (1919), a gritty crime melodrama, is the first of ten films Lon Chaney made with director Tod Browning (the original Universal Dracula). In it, he plays the role of a jealous member of an underworld gang who is determined to prevent Priscilla Dean’s pickpocket from going straight and marrying a gentleman. The film was thought lost until a print of it was discovered in a film archive in The Netherlands 80 years after its release. 



ABOUT THE MUSIC

Violent Vickie is a Los Angeles based Dark SynthRiot artist and DJ. She has toured with Hanin Elias of Atari Teenage Riot and shared the stage with The Missing Persons, Trans X, Them Are Us Too, Aimon, Pastel Ghost and Jessie Evans (The Vanishing). Vickie has been featured in Post-Punk.com, EDM Joy, Medium, Curve, Fresh on the Net, The Electricity Club and more. She has toured the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe, and played Occupy Oakland, Insted Fest, Shoutback Fest, and Gay Prides & Ladyfests. Vickie’s sophomore LP Division was released in September 2020 on Crunch Pod, and the full-length remix album of Division is due out soon.  


www.violentvickie.com


“Violent Vickie’s unique stamp is marrying dark wave with ambient/experimental sounds…and tying it all together with her ethereal voice.” —POST PUNK  

  • Year
    1919
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Tod Browning