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The Last Laugh [Edizione: Regno Unito]

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  • Attori: Emil Jannings, Kurt Hiller, Hans Unterkirchner
  • Regista: F.W. Murnau
  • Formato: Import
  • Regione: Regione 2 (Ulteriori informazioni su Formati DVD.)
  • Numero di dischi: 1
  • Studio: Eureka
  • Durata: 90 minuti
  • Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle  Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
  • ASIN: B000189KN4
  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 197.022 in Film e TV (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Film e TV)
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Di Luca Terrinoni RECENSORE TOP 500 il 3 giugno 2012
Formato: DVD
(Edizione Gran Bretagna)

Prima di tutto : questo film non solo è muto, ma non ha neanche gli intertitoli, quindi che l'edizione sia italiana tedesca o uzbeka cambia poco.

L'unica scritta che va capita introduce, e giustifica, il finale; finale che molti critici considerano posticcio, voluto dalla produzione preoccupata per la scarsa attrattiva di un film che racconta il lento declino di un anziano portiere d'albergo, dai fasti della sontuosa uniforme all'umiliazione di servire nei gabinetti, e che altrimenti si sarebbe concluso con la dolorosa disfatta del protagonista.

Sarà pure posticcio, il finale (non so se a Murnau fosse così facile imporre qualcosa, anche da parte della potentissima "UFA"), ma è così pieno di grazia...

Il film è un autentico capolavoro, compattissimo dal punto di vista stilistico, pieno di invenzioni visive e magie fotografiche. Il disegno scenografico, i giochi di luce ed ombra, i sorprendenti movimenti di macchina contribuiscono alla narrazione in modo perfetto. E poi Jannings offre una prova eccezionale.

Il titolo originale è "L'ultimo uomo", in Italia è sempre circolato come "L'ultima risata". Che si alluda agli ultimi che saranno i primi o a coloro che ridono bene per ultimi, il senso non cambia: la fortuna arriva inaspettatamente e dà modo al nostro eroe di mostrare modestia e gentilezza.
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38 di 43 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle On DVD at last... 6 giugno 2001
Di keviny01 - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD
The lack of sound in a silent film often heightens the emotional intensity rather than diminishing it; such is the case in THE LAST LAUGH, a film that turns a rather mundane premise (an old man loses his job) into a visually potent and emotionally powerful experience. The absence of sound, and in fact, the near absence of words via title cards, is especially appropriate for the film's depiction of loneliness, despair, and mental stupor. Sound could add little, if anything at all, to the towering performance by Emil Jannings (who was actually much younger than his character), who conveys a wide array of emotions with only body gestures and facial expressions.
To correct the technical info above, this Kino DVD edition is for ALL REGIONS. It also contains some extra material: an excerpt from the German version showing the "epilogue" title card in German, and a still gallery. The picture of this DVD looks exactly the same as that of the Criterion laserdisc made in '93 -- picture is in good shape overall, but the image often looks soft, and details are sometimes hard to make out. While playing the disc on a PC with a software DVD player, I have to turn on "force BOB mode" in order to eliminate the frequent motion artifacts. On my non-progressive scan standalone DVD player, however, I do not see any motion artifacts, but paused frames are sometimes unstable and jittery.
The score on the LD, composed by Timothy Brock, is also used for the DVD. The running time of 91 minutes shown on the DVD case is incorrect. It runs 88 minutes, same as the Criterion LD. I was surprised that the PCFriendly software is included on this disc (and it will auto-run on your PC), but there is no DVD-ROM feature at all.
18 di 19 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle An example of Murnau at his best 17 agosto 2008
Di calvinnme - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD
F.W. Murnau didn't have a typical storyline - he could do pure Gothic horror as in Nosferatu, social commentary as in Phantom, fantasy with a religious theme as in Faust, and the redemption of love as in Sunrise. What ties Murnau's work together is its imagery. He excelled at it as few directors ever did. "The Last Laugh" is a tale about an older man who is proud of his position as doorman at a prominent German hotel. One night he has had to carry some heavy luggage as part of his duties and he takes a break. As luck would have it, his supervisor sees him taking this short rest and assumes the worst. The next day the old man is reassigned to the job of washroom attendant. He does his best to hide his change of position from his friends, but they find out anyway. To make matters worse, they assume he's always been lying about his job and that he has thus always been a washroom attendant. At this point you might wonder - why exactly is this film named The Last Laugh? There is a somewhat tacked on ending that is the foundation of the film's title. I won't spoil it for you.

This is a two disc edition because there are two versions of the film included. The extras include a 40 minute documentary on the making of The Last Laugh that was included with the last edition of the film that was in The F.W. Murnau Collection (Nosferatu/The Last Laugh/Faust/Tabu/Tartuffe). I thought that the video was perfectly clear on that version, so I'm curious to see what further remastering has done for the visual clarity of the film. The documentary is well-done and quite detailed. This somewhat surprised me since if Kino has a flaw in its DVD productions it is this - it sometimes misses the point entirely of multimedia presentation and of the extra space DVD affords you for extra features. I personally want commentary and featurettes to go with these films, not the text notes that Kino often includes that leave me - at age 50 - squinting at the TV screen.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Emil Jannings and F.W. Murneau at their best 14 gennaio 2011
Di Steve Reina - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD
When F.W. Murmau landed Emil Jannings to play the lead role in this movie, Jannings was perhaps THE most sought after actor in all of Weimar Germany.

It was the 1920s and the era in which Jannings would also play the Devil himself in Faust (also directed by Murnau) and for his part Murnau would also direct the justly famous Nosferatu as well as Sunrise which would share honors at the first ever Academy Awards ceremonies.

By 1931 Murnau would be dead in a tragic car accident and by the 1930s Jannings would ironically sell his soul to the Devil by acting in Third Reich propaganda movies. By the end of World War II Jannings would be out of film until his death.

In other words, when doing this movie both these extremely talented men were at the very top of their creative peak.

And it shows.

Ostensibly the boring story of a hotel doorman who loses his job because he's too old, Jannings brings every minute he's on screen to life with his vivid characterizations. The movie has very few title cards and frankly doesn't need them owing to the way in which Jannings so consistently and expertly keeps the audience visually on board with what's going on.

In deference to the few who don't know why this movie is entitled The Last Laugh I will simply say that this movie is worth watching to the end.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Last Laugh ~~ a brilliant example of German Expressionism in film 22 agosto 2012
Di Matthew G. Sherwin - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD
The Last Laugh is a stunning, unforgettable German expressionistic masterpiece by director F. W. Murnau. The cinematography is sophisticated and thoughtfully done for its time; the choreography is equally brilliant. The casting was very well done; Emil Jannings turns in a powerful performance as an elderly man who is essentially put out to pasture after a huge misunderstanding; the rest of the actors also act very convincingly. The musical score enhances the film.

Equally important, The Last Laugh proves that intertitles were not necessary to tell a story in silent film. Indeed, F. W. Murnau only uses one intertitle near the end to make it clear to the viewer that the ending wasn't his choice; the studio insisted on a contrived happy ending that doesn't fit in with the rest of the story. They even had to change the name of the film from The Last Man to The Last Laugh!

When the action begins, we meet the proud and aging doorman at The Hotel Atlantic played by Emil Jannings. The doorman is proud of his rather handsome uniform that connotes prestige and a degree of power. Unfortunately for the doorman, however, one rainy night he must carry an unusually heavy luggage trunk into the hotel; and he stops briefly to rest before going back to his duties. By a stroke of very bad luck the hotel manager (Hans Unterkircher) sees the doorman resting and simply assumes that the doorman is usually sitting down on the job. The following day the doorman must suffer the indignity of finding out that he has been replaced by seeing another younger handsome man performing his responsibilities as doorman! The manager decides that since the doorman has been employed by the hotel for so long he can stay--but only as a lowly washroom attendant with neither a special uniform nor prestige. The doorman makes one last desperate plea to get his job back by trying to lift another heavy trunk in the manager's office--only to stumble and fall, taken ill perhaps by a stroke which leaves him stooped over and unable to stand up straight.

Of course, there is more to the plot. The doorman is so intensely honored by his job he actually skips his niece's (Maly Delschaft) wedding to his new son-in-law (Max Hiller). We also see how the doorman's emotional crisis plays out; suffice it to say that things only go from bad to worse when he is spotted in the hotel washroom and word gets out among his neighbors that he isn't the doorman! They even begin to wonder if he was *ever* the doorman.
The DVD comes with some still photos among two or three other bonus features. Look also for some great acting by Emilie Kurz as the bridegroom's aunt and Georg John as the Night Watchman at The Hotel Atlantic.

The Last Laugh wasn't F.W. Murnau's dream picture after the studio forced him to add on that unlikely ending; but nevertheless it remains quite a masterpiece especially if you keep in mind that the ending simply isn't supposed to be there. As I mentioned above, you can't miss the beginning of the improbable ending; the only title card in the film is at the very beginning of the ending sequence so you know where the filmmakers wanted to end the story with maybe just a very few more minutes.

I highly recommend this film for people who appreciate German expressionism in film; fans of the actors and people who enjoy first-rate silent film with dark yet heartfelt themes.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Nobody knows you when you're down and out..... 11 aprile 2008
Di Grigory's Girl - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD
I saw this film at a time when I was kind of down and out, and it really meant something at the time. It's one of the most beautiful, sad, haunting, and innovative silent films ever made. It is also famous for the fact it is told (except for one) without title cards. It is told with nothing but visual imagery. It concerns itself with a doorman who ends up being demoted to washroom attendant. The man (played brilliantly by Emil Jannings) is very proud of himself and his station, then is told that he is being demoted simply to make room for the young guard. You really feel for Jennings's character. How often are you passed over for a promotion or feel that your long tenure of service is not appreciated? Murnau treats the subject with a deep humanism, making the film more powerful.

The cinematography is outstanding. Murnau's framing is immaculate, and it's to his credit that his visual style is so acute that he can tell this story with only images. There is only one title card, but it's a rather self conscious one, and it leads to the "happy" ending, which is so overplayed and boisterous one thinks that Murnau is just placing it as a farce. I admit I don't really like it very much, but it doesn't ruin the film at all. This is one of my all time favorite silent films, and my favorite Murnau film.

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