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LAST LAUGH, THE (LETZTE MANN, DER)

LAST LAUGH, THE
Scene from "The Last Laugh" (photo © Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

The porter of the grand hotel is old and feeble and, although he does his job well, he is stripped of his identity and pride when the hotel director demotes him to a restroom attendant. On the very day of his demotion, his niece celebrates her wedding. He secretly wears his old uniform so that he too can shine among the guests at the wedding. But his few moments of regained pride turn out to be a harsh awakening when he is recognized by an envious colleague. The poor old man seems doomed to spend his remaining years cleaning up the hotel restrooms, until a wealthy young man dies in his restroom one day, and leaves his estate to the person in whose arms he dies.
Genre Drama
Category Feature, Silent
Year of Production 1924
Director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Screenplay Carl Mayer
Cinematography Karl Freund
Giuseppe Becce, Peter Schirmann, Werner Schmidt-Boelcke
Walter Roehrig, Robert Herlth
Cast Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz, Hans Unterkircher, Olaf Storm, Hermann Vallentin, Emmy Wyda, Erich Schoenfelder, Georg John, Emil Jannings
Producer Erich Pommer
Production Company Ufa/Berlin
Runtime 75 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Language
 silent with German Intertitles
Intertitled Versions German, English, French
Festivals Berlin 2003 (Retrospective), Cambridge 2008, Angers 2013, Festival do Rio 2013, Kolkata 2019
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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