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The Last Laugh (Restored Deluxe Edition)

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Product Description

In the opening shot of F.W. Murnau's silent classic The Last Laugh the film camera excitingly swoops into a fancy and luxurious hotel as you witness a elderly doorman who feels proud of his respected position. The man expresses much more pride in the uniform he wears which is full of several gold buttons and braids, including silver opera cuffs and brass military labels. Every day of the week this doorman eagerly greets the rich and famous as they arrive and depart through the always busy revolving door. Unfortunately old age will ultimately demote this doorman's prestigious position and stature to the humiliating position of a simple washroom attendant, which will not only embarrass the elderly man's pride in front of family and friends, but it will crush the man's spirit and integrity that he earlier had embodied. 

Manufacturer Description

Two-DVD Deluxe Edition - The crowning achievement of the German expressionist movement is F.W. Myrna's THE LAST LAUGH. Emil Jennings stars in the bleak fable of an aging doorman whose happiness crumbles when he is relieved of the duties and uniform which had for years been the foundation of his happiness and pride. Through Jennings's colossal performance, THE LAST LAUGH becomes more than the plight of a single doorman, but a mournful dramatization of the frustration and anguish of the universal working class. Restored in 2003 by Lucian Berretta and the Friedrich Wilhelm Myrna Sifting, this Kino edition is the definitive version of a silent masterwork, presented with unprecedented clarity and a new orchestral recording of the original 1924 score. Photographed by Karl Freund (Cinematographer of Tod Browning s 1931 Dracula).

SPECIAL FEATURES:

-Two-DVD edition featuring both THE RESTORED GERMAN VERSION and THE UNRESTORED EXPORT EDITION
- New recording of the original score by Giuseppe Becce, available in 5.1 Stereo Surround or 2.0 Stereo
- The Making of THE LAST LAUGH; a 40-minute documentary
- Original German title sequences
- Image Gallery

Product Information

Most silent films can label themselves silent but The Last Laugh is one film that is most truly silent, because it doesn't include any inter-titles or words of dialogue whatsoever. Most of the great silent directors were proud in the artistic integrity of expressing a story without sound and words, but Murnau was the first director ever who decided to not even use a single printed word (Well, besides his letter of demotion, there is one sequence near the end). Murnau knew that all he needed to express in the story he wanted was through the shots, movements, shadows and angles, with facial expressions told through the simple lens of the camera. But what makes The Last Laugh even more remarkable is its groundbreaking use of the moving camera, as the film is often described as the first film to make great use of a moving point of view. These smooth camera techniques were given a title called 'the unchained camera,' which is most certainly obvious in a sequence in which Murnau uses the camera to glide down an elevator and through a hotel lobby, and end up outside on the wet streets below.

Key Product Details

  • Director: F.W. Murnau
  • Number Of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 90 (Minutes)
  • UPC: 738329063320