HOLLYWOOD BERLIN: The Last Laugh
A pompous yet kindly doorman (Emil Jannings) is demoted to the station of bathroom attendant in F.W. Murnau’s 1924 film The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann), which debuted celebrated cinematographer Karl Freund’s “unchained camera” and other groundbreaking technical and special effects. The film’s feverish dream sequence, experimentation with subjectivity and interiority, and its peculiar epilogue remain among the most indelible cinematic experiences in the history of the medium.
The screening of a recent restoration of the film, provided by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung, will be accompanied live by pianist Michael Mortilla. Mortilla will join UCSB Professor of Film and Media Studies Charles Wolfe for a post-screening discussion.
This event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.
Tickets will be released on Thursday, October 5th at 11:00 AM.