Don?t be put off by the arcane, old-world premise of The Last Laugh: A pompous, aging doorman (a remarkable Jannings) at a luxury Berlin hotel is stripped of his prestigious uniform and demoted to handing out towels in the men’s room. F.W. Murnau’s tearjerker — with its ironic happy ending, groundbreaking camera work, and innovative lack of intertitles — was rightly praised by Alfred Hitchcock as ”almost the perfect film.” Aside from a handsomely restored print, Kino’s two-disc package includes a nifty doc demonstrating how cinematographer Karl Freund and the set designers achieved some of the movie’s entrancing effects. A
(The Everett Collection)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Maly Delschaft, Emil Jannings; Director: F.W. Murnau; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted September 30 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Comic-Con: 'South Park' creators won't do another Pokémon episode
- Comic-Con 2016: ‘Scream Queens’ boss teases ‘bloodier and funnier’ season 2
- LISTEN: Jamie Lee Curtis: ‘Everyone is an a—hole' on 'Scream Queens'
- WATCH: See the new trailer for the secret 'Blair Witch' sequel
- 'Ms. Marvel' co-creator on helping to make comics more diverse
- 'iZombie' panel reveals Robert Knepper's return as Blaine's dad
- John Lewis on civil rights leaders: 'We didn't hate'