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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

4 Responses

  1. Allen Wilson says:

    The last few seconds. Young Frankenstein?

  2. Raymond Olson says:

    Taking up the thrown gauntlet, so to speak, yes, Lon Chaney is one of the very best silent film actors, quite apart from his wizardry as a costume and makeup artist. Although it is not a memorable film, Victory (1919), based on the Conrad novel, includes a third-billed Chaney as a villain, which I recall as a better-than-it-need-be performance. That’s the case with every other Chaney performance I’ve seen, certainly including Quasimodo and the clown called He Who Gets Slapped in Victor Sjostrom film of Leonid Andreyev’s internationally popular play of that title. My favorite of his performances that I’ve seen is in Tell It to the Marines (1926), the most immediately popular of all his movies, in which he plays a marine sergeant who pines for a woman who’s already fallen for a private. Chaney did many such roles, that of the short side of a love triangle (Quasimodo and the Phantom of the Opera are such), and the gamut of emotion he commands is spellbinding. Although he so often covered it with paint and distorted it with prosthetics (of his own making), his face, especially his eyes, made human and sympathetic one (frequently odd) character after another, and his body remained supple and expressive right up to the end, which was too early (he was 47) .

    I also love Rachmaninoff.

  3. Rex Scott says:

    Allen; ooooh so sorry, The answer must be in the form of a question!

  4. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    Thanks, Ray, for the comments on Lon Chaney.