A moving parable given a new spin by today’s accompanists, electronic duo Les Trucs.
Made a couple of years before Faust, The Last Laugh is on the face of it a more everyday tale – a proud doorman (Emil Jannings again) must come to terms with ageing and a humiliating demotion to lavatory attendant. Murnau and crew still make it feel like an epic however, constructing an enormous sound-stage hotel and tethering the camera to a wheelchair and even a swing to get the required sense of momentum.
It’s a moving parable in every sense of the word, given a new spin by today’s accompanists - electronic duo Les Trucs. Les Trucs are Charlotte Simon, Zink Tonsur and a variety of electronic gadgetry. Together, they process and revise the intersection of music, performance and installation. Since 2008 Les Trucs have released several records on international labels and played more than 400 concerts throughout Europe.
Les Trucs' visit to Flatpack is part of an exchange with Frankfurt’s like-minded Lichter Filmfest, and has been supported by Goethe-Institut London. It's one element of a year of celebrations marking 50 years since the twinning of Birmingham and Frankfurt.
Dir: FW Murnau Germany 1924, 90 mins Cert: U