Today we’ve got a fun little twist on the “Favorite Things About Favorite Films” series. Since the featured movie is silent, I thought I’d switch it up by making the “Favorite things/quotes” section silent as well — told through screen captures from the DVD rather than the usual bullet-point list of commentary.
The favorite film:
The Man Who Laughs, a slightly horror-ish 1928 melodrama from director Paul Leni, based on Victor Hugo’s novel.
Gwynplaine, for the mere offense of being his father’s son, has made an enemy of the King. When he’s kidnapped, he escapes with his life… but with a different face, a permanent smile carved into his skin by the cruel monarch. Gwynplaine thinks he’s found a place he can fit in when he and a blind infant are taken in by a traveling performer, but his true identity can’t stay undercover forever.
Mary Philbin as Dea
Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine
Julius Molnar, Jr. as young Gwynplaine
Olga Baclanova as Duchess Josiana
Brandon Hurst as Barkilphedro
Sam DeGrasse as King James
(All screen captures by Lindsey for TMP)