1924 - The Last Laugh
1924 takes us to Weimar Germany with The Last Laugh, directed by F. W. Murnau — our first taste of German Expressionism. Our discussion centers on the different innovations in film technique presented by cinematographer Karl Freund and we agree that the camera’s freedom of movement represents a large step closer to a more modern feel. The film also makes great use of multiple exposures, albeit in a much different way than The Phantom Carriage (1921). Our responses to the film’s themes of pride and prestige vary, as well as our interpretations of the performance of lead actor Emil Jannings. However we all believe in the expressive power of his beard. Watch the movie here.