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Germany film school 1924 bw 88 min.
Director: F.W. Murnau
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1 disc, catalog # CC1378L

The first film ever to divorce the camera from its tripod, The Last Laugh plunged movies into the third dimension, using spectacularly shifting perspectives to tell a story as simple as the camera moves are complex. Director F.W. Murnau wanted to make a movie that could be described in a sentence: An aging hotel porter is devastated by his demotion to lavatory attendant. In another bold leap, this landmark of the silent era eliminated intertitles, resulting in an unprecedented fluidity of vision. As striking today as ever, The Last Laugh was the extraordinary passport that brought Murnau, screenwriter Carl Mayer, cinematographer Karl Freund, and star Emil Jannings from Berlin to Hollywood.

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