• The Last Laugh

    1924. Germany. F. W. Murnau. Approx. 80 min.

Friday, February 12, 2010, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

  • The Last Laugh

    1924. Germany. Directed by F. W. Murnau. Written by Carl Mayer. Photographed by Karl Freund. With Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller. Murnau (1888–1931), the greatest of the German giants of the Expressionist period, is among the most important and influential filmmakers who ever lived. His style, which incorporated use of a moving camera, angled shots, and the creative use of light and shadow, was the antithesis of the montage technique shortly to be developed by Sergei Eisenstein and other Soviet directors. The Last Laugh features a brilliantly restrained performance from acting titan Jannings (1884–1950) in his role as a proudly uniformed doorman who is demoted to men’s room attendant. Silent, with no intertitles. Approx. 80 min.

In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film

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