Miami Beach Cinematheque. Feb 14th, 2009. 8:00 p.m. The film The Man Who Laughs, based on the novel by Victor Hugo and directed by Paul Leni in 1928, will be screened at the Miami Beach Cinematheque on February 14th, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. as part of their ongoing series of silent movies titled Silents Please!
A tragic love story that shocked but delighted American audiences in 1928, and 90 years later, inspired actor Heath Ledger in preparation for his Oscar® nominated role in Dark Knight, silent star Conrad Veidt (from the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) stars as Gwynplaine, an English nobleman's son who is kidnapped by a political enemy after offending King James II, and then is mutilated by a gypsy "surgeon" who carves a “rictus” smile upon his face.
Finding shelter in a traveling freakshow, he falls in love with a blind girl (The Phantom of the Opera's Mary Philbin), the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance. As years pass, Gwynplaine falls in love with her, but refuses to allow himself to marry her because he feels his hideous face makes him unworthy, and the hand of fate draws Gwynplaine back into the world of intrigue.
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