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The Man Who Laughs

Posted by martinteller on February 9, 2005

Leni’s technique is as modern as any, and in fact Man Who Laughs could almost be mistaken for one of those Guy Maddin films that attempts to mimic the old silents.  The editing, composition, angles, and lighting are absolutely masterful.  The haunting grin of the astonishing Conrad Veldt is a fantastic image.  Of course, all that wouldn’t mean much without a good story, and Hugo’s simple but charming romance does the trick nicely.  A very nice surprise.  Rating: 9

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