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The Opening Sequence from The Last Laugh

by Kate Fortmueller

The Last Laugh was one of the last kammerspiel, or “chamber drama” films. Kammerspiel films were contemporary with German Expressionism. Formally this film is known for its innovative camera movement. In the opening sequence the camera descends with the elevator and later tracks above the lobby.

The Last Laugh (1924) - Opening Sequence

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This film, an example of the German kammerspiel ("chamber dramas") recounts the plight of an unnamed doorman (Emil Jannings) who is demoted to bathroom attendant. This clip comes from the restored German version.

from The Last Laugh (1924)
Creator: F.W. Murnau
Distributor: Kino International
Posted by Kate Fortmueller