The Man Who Laughs, directed by German Expressionist Paul Lenny, is a 1928 romantic melodrama starring Mary Philbin as the blind Dea and Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine. The film is based on the same-name Victor Hugo’s novel. It was one of the films that Movietone sound system was used, a sound-on-film method of recording sound for motion pictures that guarantees sychronization of both picture and music. And that states it in the era of silent to sound films changeover. What is more interesting, is the Gwynplaine’s creepy carnival grin, which looks familiar with the Joker’s smile, scarred and scary. That is that makes it close to a horror film rather than a romantic movie and what-is-more that influenced the creation of Joker character in Batman series, as you can see in the photos.
Joker influenced by «The Man Who Laughs» movie1
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