The Last Laugh (1924) poster
F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh

KINONIK  in association with


F.W. Murnau’s
The Last Laugh
October 21, 2019, 7 PM

F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh is the story of an aging doorman (Emil Jannings), after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbors and society. Technically innovative, the moving of the location of the camera, blurring of a part of the screen, focusing and defocusing, combined with using different angles, contributed to creating new perspectives and impressions of the viewers. The film was made in 1924, at the time of the Weimar Republic. The war reparation payments imposed on Germany caused skyrocketing inflation, economic collapse, food shortages, poverty, malnutrition and hunger. Murnau at the height of his power as a filmmaker.

St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St, Portland

September 16, 2019, 7 PM, $10