Hey all you silent film fans! The Revue cinema (400 Roncesvalles Ave) has a treat for you this weekend. On Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 pm, they’ll be putting on a rare 16mm screening of German silent film master F.W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924).
Though you may not be familiar with director F.W. Murnau’s name, you’ve probably seen clips or images from his most famous work, Nosferatu. Made a couple of years before Murnau moved to Hollywood in 1926, The Last Laugh is notable for its subjective point of view camera, and for starring Emil Jannings as an aging hotel porter demoted to the role of bathroom attendant. It’s also pretty interesting for having the talented Karl Freund as its cinematographer – a man known for camera work on such masterpieces as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and the 1950s TV series, I Love Lucy.
The afternoon screening will feature live piano accompaniment from Laura Silberberg, and be introduced by Professor Charlie Keil of the Cinema Studies Institute at University of Toronto. Also playing is Glimpses of Toronto, a late 1920s silent travelogue showing us what our own fair city looked like back in the day.
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