LAST LAUGH, THE (1924)
[DER LETZTE MANN]
One of F.W. Murnau's most celebrated films, THE LAST LAUGH is a Weimar-era fable about a proud man (Emil Jannings) whose happiness and identity are bound up in his job as the doorman for a grand hotel. When the management decides his age has become a liability and relieves him of his duties, Jannings spirals into depression and despair. Karl Freund's mobile camerawork dazzles, and the intensely physical Jannings becomes a tower of pathos here, commanding the viewer's identification with the doorman's plight. DIR F.W. Murnau; SCR Carl Mayer; PROD Erich Pommer. Germany, 1924, b&w, 77 min. NOT RATED
Restored by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.
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