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Der letzte Mann

F.W. Murnau Jerman, 1924

El Biffo's rating of the film The Last Laugh

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.