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THE LAST LAUGH, featuring a live performance by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra
May 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm–10:00 pm
The Coolidge Corner Theatre is proud to welcome back Berklee College of Music Professor Sheldon Mirowitz and the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra for a special presentation of their original new score, commissioned for our screening of The Last Laugh.
Directed by F.W. Murnau (Sunrise, Nosferatu), the film stars Emil Jannings as the doorman of a posh Berlin hotel. Fiercely proud of his job, Jannings comports himself like a general in his resplendent costume, and is treated like royalty by his friends and neighbors. The hotel’s insensitive new manager, noting that Jannings seems winded after carrying several heavy pieces of luggage for a patron, decides that the old man is no longer up to his job. The manager demotes Jannings to men’s washroom attendant, and the effect is disastrous on the man’s prestige and self-esteem. But, the tables may yet turn again.
Hailed by the New York Times as “a masterpiece of the German silent cinema” and by Alfred Hitchcock as “almost the perfect film,” The Last Laugh endures as a cinema classic.