Shadows (Silent)

Lon Chaney is a Chinese immigrant who makes a profound difference in the lives of simple townsfolk in a small New England fishing village.
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DVD Features:

  • Based On The Story "Ching Ching Chinaman" By Wilbur Daniel Steele
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 21, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1922
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Music by
Screenplay by &
Cinematography by

Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 281
Rating: 3/5 -- Fairly effective silent with interesting Chaney performance
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Oct 2, 2002

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Lon Chaney portrays Chinese laundryman Yen Sin who is shipwrecked by a raging storm and tossed ashore in a small New England town. Sin is viewed as a heathen and treated as less-than-human by the majority of the "good Christian" town-folk. The exceptions are the minister (Harrison Ford) and a lovely young widow (Marguerite De La Motte) of a cruel fisherman. Yen Sin plays matchmaker for the young couple, and then defends them when plans of ill-intent come to light.Filmed in a period when Asian characters were only villains or comic relief, this movie dared to have an Asian protagonist. Although it was originally poorly received, it was later awarded a special commendation from the National Board of Review. Lon Chaney received international acclaim the following year for his portrayal of Quasimodo in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Product Description:

After a woman remarries, her thought-to-be-dead husband returns and blackmails her and her new husband so that they may continue to live happily ever after. Silent film.

Plot Synopsis:

Lon Chaney stars as Yen Sin, a Chinese laundryman struggling for acceptance in a narrow-minded, coastal fishing community. When he stumbles upon a plot to blackmail the town's minister, Yen Sin realizes that he can no longer hide in the shadows--he must take a risk and confront the villain who threatens the village's well-being.


Production Notes:

  • A silent film.

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Shadows is Silent Poem of Providence Movie Lover: from Knoxville, TN US -- May, 4, 2004

This is an amazing movie on all levels with slight scene chewing last 20 minutes. Lon Chaney gives a remarkable performance as Yin who as the "Heathen" brings harmony to the simple lives of a small New England fishing community. Watching the transformation of Lon Chaney -- you would think he was this simple peasant. Film reminds me of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" -- how misery can bring about good. It is a treasure for your collection!

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  • Sales Rank: 37,097
  • UPC: 089218410191
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