The Last Laugh  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
The Last Laugh (German: Der letzte Mann) is a German 1924 silent film directed by German director F. W. Murnau and based on a Broadway play by Charles W. Goddard.

It is the most famous example of the short-lived Kammerspiel or "chamber-drama" genre.

This was one of the first films to incorporate a moving camera (although references to cameras following characters up stairs in Murnau's earlier film, Der Januskopf, may point to an even earlier use). The set was built entirely within a studio, unusual for Murnau who preferred to shoot on location.


Jannings' character, the doorman for a famous hotel, loses his job as he is considered too old and infirm. He tries to conceal this fact from his friends and family, but to his shame, he is discovered.

At the end, the doorman inherits a fortune and is able to dine happily at the same hotel he used to work for.

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