The Last Laugh 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… The Last Laugh 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…
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The Last Laugh (2008)

HARDY HAR HAR Emil Jannings stars in the 1924 flick The Last Laugh
Image credit: The Everett Collection
HARDY HAR HAR Emil Jannings stars in the 1924 flick The Last Laugh
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2008; DVD Release Date: Sep 30, 2008; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Drama; With: Maly Delschaft and Emil Jannings

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

Originally posted Sep 30, 2008 Published in issue #1015 Oct 10, 2008 Order article reprints
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