The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann)
The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann) (1925)

F.W. Murnau's German silent classic The Last Laugh (Der Letze Mann) stars Emil Jannings as the doorman of a posh Berlin hotel. Fiercely proud of his job, Jannings comports himself like a general in his resplendent costume, and is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 5, 1925
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Emanuel Levy

One of Murnau's classic silent films features a great performance from Emil Jannings, who three years later became the first Best Actor Oscar winner.

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Steve Crum

A Murnau silent classic featuring strong Emil Jannings performance.

Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

Karl Freund's ground-breaking and historically important cinematography can still take the breath away.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It ends with an unconvincing cop-out happy ending.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film would be famous just for its lack of titles, and for its lead performance by Emil Jannings, which is so effective that both Jannings and Murnau were offered Hollywood contracts and moved to America at the dawn of sound.

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Josh Larsen

...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.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

The Last Laugh can really best be understood as a horror story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a groundbreaking film in nearly every possible way and one of the finest achievements of the silent era. it's broadly played but flows beautifully and… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]With exquisite production design to accentuate the vast differences between the worlds of the luxury hotel and working classes, "The… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Great lighting and high contrast German silent film. It's a nice slice of life in 1924 Berlin. The famous director F.W. Murnau evokes many emotions.… More
Simeon Deutsch
Silent German character study with a masterfully tragic performance from Emil Jannings and innovative tracking camerawork by F W Murnau. Emotionally gripping… More
Aj V
A brilliant movie with great actors, director, and story. A classic.
Patrick Dolan
The ending is such a punch in the face. One that lingers on your cheek for a while.