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The abyss between generations.,
This review is from: Der letzte Mann (aka The Last Laugh) [Masters of Cinema] [DVD]  (DVD)
Everything is turning around the symbol of the uniform and its importance. But there 's more...
This is a very nice film about the conflicts between the old and the new generation. The olds give their place to the young and the old doorman must obey the orders of the young manager. At the same time the environment of the hotel represents the arrival of modernism which puts aside the old way of life.
Emil Jannings is perfect in his part as the defeated and humiliated person. Murnau from the other hand had always been a quite dominant type. A great director who actually had little to do with the classical expressionism. Nevertheless, ''Der letzte Mann'' (like most of the german films of that period) is the product of genius and the harmonious collaboration of all the parts: photographers, art designers, actors etc.
The script was written by Carl Mayer, who had a great talent to write not only very good stories but also to think of them in terms of cinematographic image and Karl Freund was a very important cameraman and photographer.
The extras give lot of useful information about the realization of the film and its various versions.