The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Der Letzte Mann

DVD - 2001
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The story of a hotel doorman who is demoted to washroom attendant because of his age. Humiliated, he considers suicide. Then he experiences a strange twist of fate. This silent film is told entirely by camera, without title cards.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Kino International, c2001
Description: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
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Trite, maudlin, reflects a naïve world view spooned out by turn of the century media but fascinating cinema history.

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Monolith
Sep 15, 2013

This is the third film that I've seen from F.W. Murnau, after his infamous masterwork "Nosferatu", and another fantasy based jewel, "Faust", also with Emil Jannings. Murnau was quite a pictorialist. Jannings delivers a really touching portrayal of the protagonist; an aging hotel doorman; so proud of his position and the uniform that goes along with it. His degrading demotion to washroom attendant crushes him. Murnau executes a clever drunken dream sequence with Jannings where he envisions himself with superhuman strength, effortlessly tossing an enormous trunk about. I was very impressed with Jannings in this dramatic nonverbal role, only to have my admiration for him taken down a few pegs after I'd just read that he was an avid Nazi enthusiast during WWII... Good actor. Bad personal choices. Terrific film here, regardless. FIVE STARS.

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KerrAvon
Aug 01, 2011

Amazing film with a great twist ending. Far ahead of its time in use of camera angles and surreal effects. The outside of the hotel, with its sidewalks, traffic and buildings, were actually a set, with medium and miniature sets behind the actual, to create an illusion of perspective and space, but you'd never know it! Emil Jannings, who was made up to look like an old man, is superb! A true German classic!

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NanaPat
Feb 10, 2011

Brilliant. Very much ahead of its' time. No wonder it is considered the first true masterpiece of expressionist film

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