As much as I loved the first 72 minutes of the film, I think I have never hated any ending as much as this one. The camera movement is incredible, using no intertitles is very impressive and I liked Jannings over-the-top acting. Next time that I will watch this great film I will stop after 72 minutes, that should be the real ending !
Witnessing Murnau's amazing film technique (for instance: When Jannings gets his demotion letter: the shaky camera to convey his near fainting, the POV camera work) I have to be impressed with him and also be depressed that most narrative filmmaking hasn't progressed that much since then. I don't think Jannings was too over the top given his era's background & the material. The copout ending was only saved by him.
Las historia es muy sencilla, incluso candorosa, la verdad narrativamente no es de lo mejor, pero cinematográficamente es excepcional. Las imágenes oníricas, los recursos para el desenfoque, la alteración de la imagen son muy originales, los decorados también, expresionista al mas puro estilo, sobre todo la puerta del hotel cuando se imagina como el mejor portero, aunado al ambiente Art déco del hotel.
Even before seeing this one, I'd heard that the ending sunk the film. But I'll stick up for it. Today, the sudden, self-reflexive reversal of fortune could seem too cutely postmodern, but cutely postmodern was ahead of the curve in 1924, and it all works thematically. After all, that's what the movies are best at: expressing our despair and curing our ills. One of the most beautiful accomplishments of the silent era.
The camera movements, the sequences, the photography, the blocking of the characters... The aesthetics and technical quality are completely unbelievable. This is German Expressionism at its best. Everything in this movie is pure genius. Murnau delivers a a gigantic masterpiece. A film that stands and will always do, as one of the most brilliant silent movies of all time.
I always liked the ending in this masterwork, I think Murnau put it in just a right way, remember the ending of Sunrise, It has to finish with light, Nosferatu also finish with light and Faust too. So I always have thought that the ending is very Murnau and not too tack on.