Weird story-telling, intensely dramatic acting, even for a silent movie, and one of the best silent film-soundtracks I’ve ever come across. This isn’t the original soundtrack, by the way, but Ashley Irwin‘s composition from 1999. Good job Ashley. And good job you too, Hitch.
If I didn’t know, I’d probably guess this wasn’t from the silent era at all, but rather a recent homage (the protagonist even looks a bit like Crispin Glover). I can tell it isn’t though, from the swastikas in the carpets.
In any case, what I’m trying to say is that the ‘cock somehow managed to make a film that feels surprisingly modern even after nearly a hundred years. It must have been absolutely mind-blowing in 1927.