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Last Laughs

The Last Laugh

Der letzte Mann

Emil Jannings stars as an elderly porter who’s befuddled by a fast-paced modern world.

Image from The Last Laugh

Germany 1924
Dir FW Murnau
With Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Hans Unterkircher
English subtitles
Certificate U
With Giuseppe Becce score (Fri 24 May)*

An elderly porter (Jannings) stands proudly by the revolving door of a luxury Berlin hotel. In a ruthlessly fast-paced world, he’s about to suffer a life-changing shock. FW Murnau’s great tragicomedy is pure visual storytelling (there’s only one intertitle), with Karl Freund’s newly ‘unchained’ camera dizzily capturing the porter’s disorientation. The result is witty and heart-rending, with a wonderfully ironic coda.

Print and permission courtesy Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

*With live piano accompaniment on Tuesday 14 May 18:30 by Jonny Best.

See our Seniors’ matinee on Tuesday 28 May 14:00.


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