Thursday, June 9, 2011

24. Der Letzte Mann

Der Letzte Mann
The Last Laugh

It finally happened.  Our fantastic movie streak has come to an end.  I did not expect this from the Germans.  They had created such gold before and now this?  Sigh...

If you look up this movie, you will probably read about critics whining about the "tacked on happy ending."  Still, at least when you got to the end stuff happened.  The rest of the movie is just following around the delightful creature I have pictured above.  Look, it is sad that the guy lost his job but shit happens.  It sucks, but do something about it.  I hate whiners.  Name another movie where the whole story is about a guy losing his job.  You cannot, because even if that is an element of the film, other stuff happens!

Okay, so zero on the entertainment scale.  Let's move on to this movie's influence.  First of all, there are very few title cards.  The plot, though shitty, is able to move along without them.  That is a huge step in the right direction.  I would argue that Sherlock Jr. did that too and that movie didn't suck but whatever.  Also, apparently the happy ending that was demanded by studios was kind of a "fuck you" to them.  Stick it to the man!

I appreciate what the film did then but I do not like what it was.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

The first dolly was made for this film.  A dolly allows the camera to move during shots.  Again, a case of being impressed with the movie's influence but not the actual movie.

There is very little about this film that is actually interesting so I will just leave it at that.

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  1. Ha ha, I actually liked it. It is all about the destruction of a man and he gets pretty much torn to pieces.

    1. What did you think of the ending?

    2. Well, it is a big fuck you to the producers and is frankly a bit childish by Murnau. There are more graceful ways to do this.