2018 FILMUSIC Festival: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928) with Live Musical Score with the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

| 1928 | 110 minutes | | ,
Directed by Paul Leni

Thursday June 21, 2018, 7:30pm


$35 General Admission, $30 Member,
$15 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Paul Leni
Written by Jean Havez, Lex Neal, Clyde Bruckman, John Wesley Grey, Ted Wilde

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to welcome back the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) for their new, original score to Universal Pictures’ The Man Who Laughs (1928).  Universal itself has commissioned Berklee to create the original score recording for their brand-new restoration of the film, the first time a Hollywood studio has ever engaged the students of a college or university to score one of its features.
90 years after Victor Hugo’s story of human cruelty and the redemptive power of love first captivated global film audiences, Universal Pictures’ The Man Who Laughs, a melodrama embued with a penetrating darkness, returns to the screen. Roger Ebert has called the film “One of the final treasures of German silent Expressionism.”  Its shadowy exteriors, the carnival setting, and the demonically misshapen “hero” — the acknowledged inspiration for DC Comics’ The Joker — made director Paul Leni’sThe Man Who Laughs something entirely new to American cinema and the foundation upon which the classic Universal horror films would be built.

Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) 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 freak show, he falls in love with a blind girl (Mary Philbin, The Phantom Of The Opera), the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance. As the years’ pass, the hand of fate draws Gwynplaine back into the world of political intrigue. He becomes the plaything of a jaded duchess (Olga Baclanova, Freaks), and his enemies renew their efforts to control him.



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