The Movie, (Original Magazine Cover) - 1982 - The Man who Laughs (Conrad Veidt) - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"
The Movie: The Illustrated History of the Cinema, was published from 1979 to 1983 in 158 chapters
The Man Who Laughs is a 1928 American silent romantic drama film directed by the German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni.
The film is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel and stars Mary Philbin as the blind Dea and Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine. The film is known for the grim carnival freak-like grin on the character Gwynplaine's face, which often leads it to be classified as a horror film.
Film critic Roger Ebert stated, "The Man Who Laughs is a melodrama, at times even a swashbuckler, but so steeped in Expressionist gloom that it plays like a horror film."
The Man Who Laughs is a Romantic melodrama, similar to films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). The film was one of the early Universal Pictures productions that made the transition from silent films to sound films, using the Movietone sound system introduced by William Fox.
The Joker, nemesis to Batman, owes his appearance to Veidt's portrayal of Gwynplaine in The Man Who Laughs.