Monday, May 10, 2004

The Last Laugh

I actually had a life last weekend, so I managed to see just one film: F.W. Murnau's The Last Laugh, which was a cynical commentary on social injustice tempered by a tacked-on "happy ending". What distinguished it was that it had only one subtitle, the one which announced that the ensuing happy ending was tacked on. One other piece of necessary information was provided by a close-up of text within the context of the action. I was amazed at how effective nonverbal communication could be, made possible by excellent acting by Emil Janning.

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