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MBC Interactive Archive Retrospective: Highlights of World Cinema "The Auteurs Inspired by German Expressionism" THE LAST LAUGH by F. W. Murnau

  • 24 Jun 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SUN, JUNE 24, 7p:

Miami Premiere of the new 2k Restoration!

MBC Interactive Archive Retrospective:

Highlights of World Cinema

THE AUTEURS INSPIRED BY GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM

THE LAST LAUGH

(Der letzte Mann)

Directed by F. W. MURNAU/1924/Germany/90mins.

With Emil Jannings


One of the crowning achievements of the German expressionist movement, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann) stars Emil Jannings stars as an aging doorman whose happiness crumbles when he is relieved of the duties and uniform which had for years been the foundation of his happiness and pride. Through Jannings’s colossal performance, The Last Laugh becomes more than the plight of a single doorman, but a mournful dramatization of the frustration and anguish of the universal working class. Featuring a new musical score by the Berklee College of Music, as well as the original score by Giuseppe Becca, this is the definitive edition of the landmark classic, mastered from a 2K restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

"A MASTERPIECE OF THE GERMAN SILENT CINEMA, F. W. Murnau's 1924 film has never looked as dazzling as it does in this new edition from Kino International." -Dave Kehr, The New York Times
"F. W. Murnau's 1924 drama 'The Last Laugh' may well be the apogee of silent-film production....The visual clarity of the new release reveals the extraordinary means by which Murnau united the emotional, political, psychological, and moral domains in his quasi-Biblical yet modern and naturalistic fable."-Richard Brody, The New Yorker
A RATING -"Rightly praised by Alfred Hitchcock as 'almost the perfect film.'" -Tim Purtell, Entertainment Weekly

   

German collector's cards from THE LAST LAUGH, 1924, from the #MBCarchive

PLUS…

PIONEERING SHORT FILMS

Miami Premiere of the newly scored versions

by the Alloy Orchestra

These shorts all include new music composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble critic Roger Ebert called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films."

TONIGHT’S SHORT:

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF 9413,

A HOLLYWOOD EXTRA

Directed by ROBERT FLOREY & SLAVKO VORKAPICH,

and cinematography by Gregg Toland, USA/1928/11mins.

The avant-garde was alive and well in the US as well in the 1920s. Creative immigrants Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich made this ground breaking short film, photographed by American legend Toland, who later worked with Orson Welles, most famously, on Citizen Kane.


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