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THE LAST LAUGH in Vienna, Austria

23.May.2019

Wiener Konzerthaus, 7:30 p.m.

Performed by the ORF-Symphonieorchester Wien under the baton of Frank Strobel.

THE LAST LAUGH was hailed as a masterpiece both in Germany and abroad. It was one of the most important films to emerge from Weimar Germany and became influential in Hollywood, where it aroused enthusiasm for German films and filmmakers. Dispensing with the customary intertitles, and filming while moving the camera in extraordinarily inventive ways, Murnau and his cinematographer Karl Freund transformed the language of film. In shooting the opening sequence, the camera descended in the hotel‘s glass elevator and was then carried on a bicycle through the lobby. In addition, THE LAST LAUGH succeeds in combining expressionist elements, such as extreme camera angles, distorted dream imagery, and disturbing light and shadow effects, with a complex psychological study of the main character.

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