The Last Laugh (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 14, 2017
- Originally Released: 1924
- Label: Kino Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New musical score (2017) by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, Sheldon Mirowitz, Artistic Director
- Original 1924 score by Giuseppe Becce, orchestrated by Detlev Glanert (2003)
- Audio Commentary by film historian Noah Isenberg
- "The Last Laugh: The Making Of," a 40-minute documentary
- Bonus dvd featuring the unrestored export version with music by Timothy Brock, performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Emil Jannings & Maly Delschaft|
|Directed by||F.W. Murnau|
|Screenwriting by||Carl Mayer|
|Produced by||Erich Pommer|
|Director of Photography:||Karl Freund|
Rating: 10/10 -- Même après plus de 80 ans, The Last Laugh demeure un film qui ne vieillit tout simplement pas. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- There are no titles in this film -- merely a few inserts to guide the viewer. And yet one is never in doubt as to the action of this admirable picture, which is a remarkable piece of direction, with exquisite lighting effects. Full Review
New York Times
Rating: 4/4 -- ...can still pierce a hardened heart - especially these days, when demotions and layoffs have become a daily occurrence and the streets are full of forlorn former doormen. Full Review
...It is certainly the film that made the most spectacular early use of movement....Murnau's technical mastery makes all of his films exciting to see...
The 1924 film in which F.W. Murnau freed his camera from its stationary tripod and took it on a flight of imagination and expression that changed the way movies were made. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- The Last Laugh can really best be understood as a horror story. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Karl Freund's ground-breaking and historically important cinematography can still take the breath away. Full Review
One of the most brilliant of all German silent films, F.W. Murnau's THE LAST LAUGH uses a constantly moving and subjective camera to capture the emotional anguish of a man whose life is suddenly devoid of meaning. Because of his age, an elderly doorman at a hotel finds himself ignominiously demoted to washroom attendant. Particularly galling to the poor man is the loss of his uniform, which gives him pride and prestige. Crestfallen, he spends the day wandering the city, getting drunk and dreaming of suicide, mourning the loss of his dignity, and trying desperately to hang on to a shred of hope.
- A silent film with musical score.
- The original film score, composed by Giuseppe Becce, was lost. The new score was composed by Timothy Brock and recorded with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra in 1993.
- Part of Kino Video's "Treasures from the Weimar Republic" series.
- According to Georges Sadoul in his "Dictionary of Cinema", studio head Carl Laemmle has one problem with the film's popularity: "Everybody knows that a lavatory attendant makes a lot more money than a doorman."