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Nate’s Silent Movies at Full Circle: “The Man Who Laughs”
June 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nate’s Silent Movies at Full Circle Brewing Co. present Conrad Veidt in Victor Hugo’s “The Man Who Laughs”
With live piano music by host Nate Butler!
Wednesday June 21
Carttons at 7:00pm; feature at 8:00pm.
Pay What You Want. Sorry kids, over 21 only.
View the film trailer here:
“The Man Who Laughs” is a 1928 American silent horror film
directed by the German Expressionist filmmaker Paul
Leni. The film is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel
of the same name and stars Mary Philbin as the blind Dea
and Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine. The film is known for
the grim carnival freak-like grin on the character
Gwynplaine’s face, which often leads it to be classified
as a horror film. Film critic Roger Ebert stated,
“‘The Man Who Laughs’ is a melodrama, at times even a
swashbuckler, but so steeped in Expressionist gloom that
it plays like a horror film.”
Conrad Veidt’s character, Gwynplaine, was known to have
been an inspiration for the creation of the comic book
character, The Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis, by Jerry
Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane.
Author Victor Hugo also wrote “Les Misérables” (1862) and “Notre-Dame de Paris” (aka The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) (1831).