The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann) Reviews

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May 8, 2018
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.
June 4, 2011
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.
April 27, 2009
Karl Freund's ground-breaking and historically important cinematography can still take the breath away.
April 27, 2009
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.
March 29, 2009
...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.
March 14, 2009
A Murnau silent classic featuring strong Emil Jannings performance.
October 11, 2008
It ends with an unconvincing cop-out happy ending.
September 23, 2008
The Last Laugh can really best be understood as a horror story.
April 1, 2008
Walk a mile in my shoes
July 4, 2007
Mme aprs plus de 80 ans, The Last Laugh demeure un film qui ne vieillit tout simplement pas.
August 29, 2006
Widely regarded as an expressionist masterpiece.
March 25, 2006
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.
September 26, 2005
July 17, 2005
April 19, 2005
One of the darkest commentaries (intra- and extratextually) on the cost of comfort and compromise in art and life.
October 31, 2004
I'll make the radical claim that losing around ten minutes would have made the film flawless. But it's almost made up for by that ending...
July 8, 2004
March 16, 2004
The film is notable for its smooth, moving, tracking camera and its complete lack of intertitles, making it a true universal experience.
March 12, 2004
One of the most influential films of the 1920s....As Eisentein in Russia was to silent-era editing, Murnau was his counterpart in virtuoso camerawork.
February 12, 2004
the true star remains Murnau's remarkable camera work
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