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Der letzte Mann

F.W. Murnau Germany, 1924

msmichel's rating of the film The Last Laugh

'02 restoration Murnau's silent classic ruminates on aging and the value of labour in its tale of a somewhat pompous hotel employee who suddenly finds himself demoted to washroom attendant and is met with scorn by his family and neighbours. What's fascinating is that the tale is told without any intertitle of dialogue. Unfortunately the film is near ruined by its tacked on studio requested happy ending.