The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann) is a German 1924 silent film directed by German director F. W. Murnau from a screenplay written by Carl Mayer which was based on a Broadway play by Charles W. Goddard. It is the most famous example of the short-lived Kammerspiel or "chamber-drama" genre.
This was one of the first films to incorporate a moving camera, although references to cameras following characters up stairs in Murnau's earlier (now lost) film, Der Januskopf, may point to an even earlier use. The set was built entirely within a studio, unusual for Murnau who preferred to shoot on location.
In 2000, it was added to Roger Ebert's list of Great Movies.
Following this comes the film's only title card, which says: "Here the story should really end, for, in real life, the forlorn old man would have little to look forward to but death. The author took pity on him and has provided a quite improbable epilogue."
At the end, the doorman inherits a fortune and is able to dine happily at the same hotel he used to work for.
Dara Is Having Last Laugh Now; Quick-Witted Irishman Has Risen Up the Comedy Ranks Thanks to Tour Success and Hit TV Shows
Feb 25, 2006; Byline: BY PAUL ENGLISH THERE'S no escaping Dara O'Briain. If he's not guestpresenting Have I Got News For You, he's hosting Mock...