The Man Who Laughs (1928) Paul Leni

The Man Who Laughs (1928) Paul Leni

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Lord Clancharlie was sentenced to death after refusing to kiss King James II’s hand. A permanent smile is left on Lord Clancharlie’s son’s face with surgery to embarrass his father. The boy named Gwynplaine attends carnivals and becomes famous as The Smiling Man.

The Man Who Laughs is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. DC Comics would use Gwynplaine's smile and face type for the Joker character in the Batman series.

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Film Listed in:
Hands of Orlac (1924) Movement

German Expressionism

Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery

Director Paul Leni

Writer Victor Hugo (novel), J. Grubb Alexander (adaptation), Walter Anthony (titles)

Country USA

Year 1928

Hashtag #1920s #PaulLeni #Drama #Horror #Mystery #melodrama #creepysmile #1690s #jester #nobleman #GermanExpressionism #film #movie

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