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The Man Who Laughs (1928)

The Man Who Laughs
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7.8 IMDB rating

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Conrad Veidt

Conrad Veidt

Gwynplaine / Lord Clancharlie
Julius Molnar Jr.

Julius Molnar Jr.

Gwynplaine as a child
Olga Baclanova

Olga Baclanova

Duchess Josiana
Brandon Hurst

Brandon Hurst

Barkilphedro
Stuart Holmes

Stuart Holmes

Lord Dirry-Moir
Sam De Grasse

Sam De Grasse

King James II


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J. Grubb Alexander

J. Grubb Alexander

(adaptation)


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2 years, 4 months ago at Apr 17 5:22
Signalling only one out from the silent era is quite a-difficult task but I think I just found the one-film that can be considered the greatest from that era: The Man Who Laughs is perfect example of the beauty hides behind the beast. Let me explain: The film plays like a horror movie and it even feels like one but in reality, it isn't. It's a romantic movie - tragic-romance to be more clear - and... read more
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Release date: 4 November 1928
UPC: 738329031022
Silent (8), 1928 (4), Drama (4), Romance (4), 1920s (4), Freak (3), Horror (3), Circus (3), Based On Novel (2), England (2), Usa (2), (2), Concert (2), Seduction (2), Revenge (2), Heir (2), Gypsy (1), Purity (1), Gossip (1), Betrayal (1)
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"(DVD - Netflix) I think "The Man Who Laughs" is best known now for serving as the inspiration of The Joker, which of course was one of the reasons I really wanted to see it. While I can't say I was completely blown away by this film, it is really solid. It manages to be unsettling, sad, and surprisingly sweet. The main character, Gwynplaine, seems tailor made for Lon Chaney, and in fact, it was. However Chaney was under contract at MGM and couldn't do the film. Instead, Conrad Veidt plays the d"


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"Paul Leni A film that has an atmosphere of romance and a feel of horror but its roots in drama Signalling only one out from the silent era is quite a-difficult task but I think I just found the one-film that can be considered the greatest from that era: The Man Who Laughs is perfect example of the beauty hides behind the beast. Let me explain: The film plays like a horror movie and it even feels like one but in reality, it isn't. It's a romantic movie - tragic-romance to be more clear - and u"


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“Signalling only one out from the silent era is quite a-difficult task but I think I just found the one-film that can be considered the greatest from that era: The Man Who Laughs is perfect example of the beauty hides behind the beast. Let me explain: The film plays like a horror movie and it even feels like one but in reality, it isn't. It's a romantic movie - tragic-romance to be more clear - and uses the expressionism techniques to portray the life of Gwynplaine, or more accurately, The Man who Laughs. So, truth be told, it plays like a melo-drama but acts like a horror film.

This film, you may agree, is a classic masterpiece. With impressive cinematography, a well chosen cast and great story-telling, there's no wonder why this film is Conrad Veidt's most celebrated film. It's ” read more

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