The Last Laugh

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 astonishing.
Wednesdays-Fridays, 1:30 p.m. Starts: Feb. 10. Continues through Feb. 12, 2010

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