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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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Murnau's classic silent films features a great performance from Emil Jannings, who three years later became the first Best Actor Oscar winner.
Karl Freund's ground-breaking and historically important cinematography can still take the breath away.
...can still pierce a hardened heart - especially these days, when demotions and layoffs have become a daily occurrence and the streets are full of forlorn former doormen.
A Murnau silent classic featuring strong Emil Jannings performance.
It ends with an unconvincing cop-out happy ending.
The Last Laugh can really best be understood as a horror story.
Walk a mile in my shoes
Même après plus de 80 ans, The Last Laugh demeure un film qui ne vieillit tout simplement pas.
a groundbreaking film in nearly every possible way and one of the finest achievements of the silent era. it's broadly played but flows beautifully and contains only one title card! magnificent!
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.
A brilliant movie with great actors, director, and story. A classic.
[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]
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