Yorkshire Silents & Hull Independent Cinema

TheManWhoLaughs(PG)


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Yorkshire Silents & Hull Independent Cinema

The Man Who Laughs (PG)

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Dir: Paul Leni | USA | 1928 | 110 min | Drama/Horror/Mystery

Silent film with live score by Jonny Best.

Batman’s arch-enemy, The Joker, was inspired by this darkly romantic silent movie masterpiece. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo (Les Miserables, Hunchback of Notre Dame), THE MAN WHO LAUGHS tells the story of Gwynplaine, a nobleman’s son who is kidnapped and orphaned by a wicked king, who carves a permanent, monstrous smile upon his face. Finding shelter in a travelling carnival, Gwynplaine falls in love with a blind girl - the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance.
Part swashbuckler, part expressionist horror, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a sweeping, spectacular adventure and one of silent Hollywood’s rarely screened classics.

 

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‘One of the final treasures of German silent Expressionism.’

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times