The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann) 1925

The Last Laugh

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An elderly hotel doorman (Emil Jannings) loses status and self-pride after being demoted to the position of washroom attendant.

Cast & Crew

Emil Jannings
Hotelportier [hotel porter]
Maly Delschaft
Seine nichte [his niece]
Max Hiller
Ihr bräutigam [her bridgroom]
Emelie Kurtz
Olaf Storm
Junger gast [young guest]
Emma Wyda
Georg John
Nachtwächter [night watchman]
Giuseppe Becce
Original Music
Timothy Brock
Original Music
Peter Schirmann
Original Music
Robert Baberske
Cinematographer
Karl Freund
Cinematographer
Edgar G. Ulmer
Production Design
Robert Herlth
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Critic Reviews for The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann)

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  • The 1924 film in which F.W. Murnau freed his camera from its stationary tripod and took it on a flight of imagination and expression that changed the way movies were made.

    April 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • There are no titles in this film -- merely a few inserts to guide the viewer. And yet one is never in doubt as to the action of this admirable picture, which is a remarkable piece of direction, with exquisite lighting effects.

    March 25, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film would be famous just for its lack of titles, and for its lead performance by Emil Jannings, which is so effective that both Jannings and Murnau were offered Hollywood contracts and moved to America at the dawn of sound.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • From Murnau's inventive visual storytelling to Jannings' wonderful performance, The Last Laugh is the perfect film to begin one's journey into the world of Weimar cinema.

    May 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Last Laugh has a Dickensian lovability.

    April 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Last Laugh is a progress: it is not parasitic on any novel or play, does not resemble any literary form at all. It contains one of the finest pieces of sustained character-acting yet seen.

    May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann)

  • Sep 25, 2011
    Silent German character study with a masterfully tragic performance from Emil Jannings and innovative tracking camerawork by F W Murnau. Emotionally gripping and the story still resonates. The ending is very absurdly deus ex machina though. Probably one of the defining early works of European cinema and, along with Nosferatu, Tabu, Sunrise, and Faust, validates F W Murnau as the sole creative genius behind German Expressionism. 98/100
    Simeon D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2010
    Great lighting and high contrast German silent film. It's a nice slice of life in 1924 Berlin. The famous director F.W. Murnau evokes many emotions. It's a work of art to look at. It feels really long and is sad. I felt sorry for the old walrus-moustached hotel doorman who lost his proud position.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    A brilliant movie with great actors, director, and story. A classic.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]With exquisite production design to accentuate the vast differences between the worlds of the luxury hotel and working classes, "The Last Laugh," directed by F. W. Murnau, is a heartbreaking movie about a hotel porter(Emil Jannings) who has been working for the same hotel for decades and takes great pride in doing his job. For him, his work is simply everything. On a day like any other, he takes a heavy trunk off an automobile unassisted in a driving rain storm. It is only understandable that after such an arduous task that he requires a little breather afterwards. But the hotel manager(Hans Unterkircher) does not see it the same way, replacing the porter with a younger man the next day and demoting the former porter out of sight downstairs to attend to the restroom. Like so many, he is simply pushed to the side at the end of his career.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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