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- LON CHANEY AS THE MAN WHO LAUGHS by Philip J. Riley
- The Man Who Laughs
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A romance of the heart, not of the eyes, develops between Gwyplaine and Dea.
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Gwynplaine, who has now become a famous performing clown, is finally happy, and fate steps in when Gwynplaine discovers he is heir to a peerage and is summoned back to London. It is there that his life will take a fateful turn when the jester who had persuaded the king to disfigure Gwynplaine and the queen see an opportunity to discipline the queen's half sister Duchess Josiana Olga Baclanova.
Many consider "The Man Who Laughs" as one of Veidt's best performances, and the resplendent sets, expressive camera angles and exquisite low-key lighting created by cinematographer Gilbert Warrenton make for a very enjoyable film. Lon Chaney would possibly have been the only actor who could have rivaled Veidt's performance of a tortured man with a heart-wrenching appearance.
The movie was enhanced by a synchronized music track with a melody entitled "When Love Comes Smiling Into My Heart" that frequently was heard in the scenes in which Gwyplaine and Dea were together.
The reviews of were mixed: Photoplay, May, , diagnosed, "Draggy version of a classic that may interest the hounds of art. Conrad Veidt's acting is the high spot of the film. Harrison's Reports, on June 9, , declared " Veidt does better work in it than Lon Chaney has 'ever' dreamed of doing.
The Variety film review of May 2, , observed, "The Man Who Laughs" will appeal to the Lon Chaney mob and to those who like quasi-morbid plot themes. To others it will seem fairly interesting, a trifle unpleasant, and intermittently tedious.
LON CHANEY AS THE MAN WHO LAUGHS by Philip J. Riley
German-born Paul Leni - began his movie career as a set designer and a designer of posters for both films and plays before becoming a director in I wouldn't consider The Man Who Laughs a horror movie, but a touching melodrama about a man whose appearance is horrific. Gwynplaine is a very sympathetic, likeable character, and Conrad Veidt does an excellent job of conveying his inner torment and sadness with subtle eye movements and gestures. Gwynplaine's innate goodness is very clear, despite his macabre appearance.
We root for him to overcome all obstacles to find happiness and true love, as we root for the evil jester Barkilphedro to meet with a bitter end. We are not disappointed. I was impressed with the beautiful cinematography, which is exceptional for the time. The score and sound effects are used very well, so well that sometimes you forget that you are watching a silent picture. With the outstanding performances, particularly Veidt's, this is a classic of silent cinema that deserves to have a much wider audience.
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