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1924 - The Last Laugh

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.

Song selections for this episode:

Lucas — The Fallen Interlude by blink-182

Nic — MMMBop by Hansen

John — Say It Ain’t So by Weezer

Kyle — A Three-Legged Workhorse by This Will Destroy You

1925 - Battleship Potemkin

1925 - Battleship Potemkin

1923 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1923 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame