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 January 17 2015 — 11:46 AM EST
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