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Last Laugh, The (1924)
Starring: Emil Jannings
Director: FW Murnau
Category: Classics, Classics, Foreign
Studio: Kino Video
91 mins



"One Of The Greatest And Most Influential Of Silent Films."-Cinema: The Magic Vehicle

The crowning achievement of the German expressionist movement and one of the most notable artworks to arise from the Weimar Republic is Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's The Last Laugh. Emil Jannings stars in the bleak fable of an aging doorman whose happiness and pride. Through Jannings's colossal performance, The Last Laugh becomes more than the plight of a single doorman but a mournful dramatization of the frustration and anguish of the universal working class, a phenomenon that was further enhanced by the contribution of the director and cinematographer Karl Freund.

Murnau (Nosferatu) and Freund (cinematographer of Tod Browning's 1931 Dracula) tempered their realistic depiction of the laborer's downfall with sequences of bold expressionistic design, contorting the doorman's angst into a nightmarish spectacle of the mocking, leering faces and imposing tenement buildings that surround him on his long, shameful walk back to his apartment