Lo que me incomoda un poco es esa "última carcajada" del filme. Murnau tiene un lado compasivo con sus personajes. Se ve por ejemplo en "Sunrise" donde aquí el epílogo sería toda una reconciliación entre una pareja. En "El último" es la salvación del respeto hacia los demás sin maltratar el sesgo benevolente de un envejecido empleado. Lo mejor son las escenas de la borrachera y el sueño. Murnau fascina cuando alucina
'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.
I have an old copy of the US release, but this beautiful restoration breathes new life into the crown jewel of the German "Kammerspiel" genre. Murnau sold out when he went to Hollywood, but there were few choices available to German film makers when the Nazis rose to power, and Goebbels "cleansed" the German film industry, which didn't recover til the 1970's. Only 4&1/2 stars because of the tacked-on happy ending.
F.W. Murnau was one of the true great artists of the cinema. Through this film he was able to show every emotion without the use of words or inter-titles. Along with Emil Jannings devastating performance this is one of the best films to come out of the German Silent Era.