"The Last Laugh"
Directed by F.W. Murnau
One of the major works
of German silent cinema, Murnau's class drama depicts the fall of the respected, aging,
hotel doorman (Emil Jannings) of a posh Berlin hotel, who is cruelly stripped of his
position and reduced to a bathroom attendant. The film was groundbreaking for its
expressive, mobile camera work, which imparts information visually, without subtitles.
"The camera on a trolley glides, rises, zooms, or weaves where the story takes it.
The camera takes part in the action and becomes a character in the drama"
(Marcel Carne). With Max Hiller, Maly Delschaft and Hans Unterkirchen.