The Last Laugh (part of the PMA Film Series Cinema of Weimar Germany)

"This is a tale of lost dignity by one of the masters of Weimar cinema: the director F.W. Murnau. A proud hotel porter (Emil Jannings) who loves nothing on Earth more than his uniform is demoted to the position of washroom attendant and publicly disgraced when he tries to steal back his uniform and wear it outside of work. While this tale of one man's shame is often read as an allegory for the humiliation that the German nation suffered after the First World War, the film is perhaps best known for its aesthetic innovations, most notably Murnau's use of montage and Carl Freund's dynamic camera work." —Jill Smith, Osterweis Associate Professor of German, Chair of German Department, Bowdoin college, and curator of this film series

The Weimar Era, the short-lived interwar period in Germany (1918 to 1933), is widely regarded as the Golden Age of German cinema. German movies during this time gave rise to influential aesthetics such as Expressionism and New Objectivity while portraying representations of class and gender as well as progressions of industrialization and globalization. This series explores highlights of Weimar Era cinema, offering a selection of films that remain captivating, beautiful, and highly evocative to this day.


Directed by F.W. Murnau, 1924
90 minutes

In conjunction with this film series, The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis is on view through July 15.




Show Times

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm
Not Rated


$8 general admission
$6 for members and students w/ valid i.d.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Admissions Desk, online, or by calling 207-775-6148.

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