Dir. F.W. Murnau (1924). One of the major European silent films of the 1920s, this groundbreaking film is a successful attempt to tell a story without the use of intertitles. The plot is nothing special--the loss of status of the doorman at a large German hotel when he is demoted because of advanced age--but it's a splendid vehicle for Emil Jannings, one of the superstars of the period, to give one his most spectacular bravura performances. And Murnau's remarkably fluid camerawork is... More >>>