Galway Film Fleadh | 7th - 12th July 2015
Academy Awards Arts Council

Galway Film Fleadh 2011 Programme

Director: F.W. Murnau | Germany | 1924

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh is more than a cinematic tour-de-force, it was an attempt by F.W. Murnau to find a universal language for the cinema and to expand the expressive qualities of the camera. The Last Laugh tells the story of the emasculating downfall of a doorman at a fancy hotel.


The experienced doorman at the Atlantic Hotel is quite proud of his position, his responsibilities and his uniform. One busy night, he has to take a short rest after lugging a heavy suitcase in from the rain. Unfortunately, his manager comes by during the short time when he is not performing his duties. The next day, he learns that he has been replaced as doorman, and has been re-assigned to the purely menial position of washroom attendant. Stunned and humiliated, the old man struggles to carry on with his life.

Running Time 77 mins | B&W | 35 mm

Producer Eric Pommer

Script Carl Mayer

Cast Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller

Production Universum Film (UFA)

Print Source British Film Institute

Fri 08 Jul Omni 6 12.15
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