King James II (Sam De Grasse) orders that his rival's son's face be permanently disfigured into a grotesque smile. The son, Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt), now an adult, becomes a well-known circus clown and falls in love with an orphaned blind girl, Dea (Mary Philbin). Upon learning of his title and stake in his family's estate, he must choose whether to marry a duchess to secure his fortune or give it up to follow his love for Dea. 4K Restoration under Universal’s Silent Film Initiative.
Live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.
PRESENTED IN DCP