The Last Laugh
Der letzte Mann
Emil Jannings stars as an elderly porter who’s befuddled by a fast-paced modern world.
Dir FW Murnau
With Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Hans Unterkircher
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.