I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

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Though he’s largely forgotten today, in the 1930s the chameleonic Paul Muni was widely considered the  best actor in the movies. This film series features four of his greatest hits.  I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932;NR)
Muni the Magnificent
Saturday, December 14, 2013
1:30pm @ Central Library

Paul Muni was one of the great actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, a chameleonic performer who created his own distinctive makeup and specialized in depicting real-life individuals on the screen.

Today, though, few moviegoers are familiar with the work of this Oscar-winning master. The Library’s December film series will correct that by featuring titles in which Muni plays a gangster, a convict, a famous scientist, and a great French writer.

One of the most devastating “social problem” films ever made, this Mervyn LeRoy-directed drama is based on the true story of a World War I veteran (Muni) who becomes involved in a robbery and is sentenced to 10 years on a brutal Southern chain gang.

In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
 
Scarface (1932; NR)
December 7, 2013

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932; NR)
December 14, 2013

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936; NR)
December 21, 2013

The Life of Emile Zola (1937; NR)
December 28, 2013