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Man Who Laughs (1928)

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4.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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In an effort to top the critical and financial success of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera, studio head Carl Laemmle recruited two influential artists of the German Expressionist school: actor Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and director Paul Leni (Waxworks). The shadowy exteriors, the carnival setting, the demonically misshapen "hero" made The Man Who Laughs something entirely new to American cinema-the foundation upon which the classic Universal horror films would be built. Veidt stars as Gwynplaine, a nobleman's son who is kidnapped by a political enemy, and then is mutilated by a gypsy "surgeon" who carves a monstrous smile upon his face. Finding shelter in a traveling freakshow, he falls in love with a blind girl (The Phantom Of the Opera's Mary Philbin), the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance. As years pass, the hand of fate draws Gwynplaine back into the world of political intrigue. He becomes the plaything of a jaded duchess (Freaks' Olga Baclanova), and his enemies renew their efforts to control him.


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  • Actors: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar, Olga Baclanova, Brandon Hurst
  • Directors: Paul Leni
  • Writers: Charles E. Whittaker, J. Grubb Alexander, Marion Ward, May McLean, Victor Hugo
  • Producers: Carl Laemmle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Silent
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1A1J
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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