Man Who Laughs

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    Watched this tonight. It goes without saying it's a classic. Years in the making, with a budget of a million dollars at the time - and a cast of thousands - it really is a treat. Being so close to the era of sound, the sets and acting aren't as archiac as some other silents either (though it goes without saying this wouldn't be mistaken for a modern film). However, if you don't usually watch silents, but do like the Universal horrors of the 30's, this might well be a good intro for you. It has the "Universal" feel, just without sound (this IS an Universal film, after all).

    The character is the acknowledged inspiration for Batman villain, The Joker. The simularities are obvious. It's really a tale of of plundered wealth, love, and the evil royals backbiting and putting each other down.

    The climactics scenes are breathtaking - as is the isntance where they palce the camera is a fairground ride.

    Just marvellous this. I watched the Kino from R1 and it's stacked with extras. Highly recommended.
     
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    That one costars Mary Philben from Chaney's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA doesn't it ?
     
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    Tis so! And if you've an eye for the ladies, it also has Olga Baclanova from Freaks. :)
     
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    Fistfuck Slowest to 2000 posts

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    Oh, I thought this was going to be a Confucius thread. My mistake.
     
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    Baclanova,ah yes,Cleopatra from FREAKS.Not a very good wife was she ?

    By the way,Kirk Douglas considered doing a remake of THE MAN WHO LAUGHS in the 1950's,but it never happened.Perhaps they found the set up too morbid.The film was heavily referenced in Brian DePalma's recent film THE BLACK DAHLIA.
     
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    Yeah this film is great, one of the more underrated genre films of the 20's.
     
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    OVER-rated?

    Anyone know how this did box office wise? They skipped over that during the documentary....
     
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    Darga Narcissistic Personality

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    I've been meaning to see this for a long time. Just bumped it up to #1 in my Netflix queue.
     
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    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    And DC Comics is finally putting out in collected form Batman: the Man Who Laughs, available for $14. I've yet to read it but hear it's a great Joker story.
     
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    One old book I read years ago said that the film was not a big grosser (perhaps due to Conrad Veidt's disturbing look).I don't know that to be a definite,though.
     
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    Opps. I meant the opposite:)
     
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    They sure mad some sicko films back then.

    Check out West of Zanzibar!
     

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