Batman’s arch-enemy, The Joker, was inspired by this darkly romantic silent movie masterpiece. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo (Les Miserables, Hunchback of Notre Dame), THE MAN WHO LAUGHS tells the story of Gwynplaine, a nobleman’s son who is kidnapped and orphaned by a wicked king, who carves a permanent, monstrous smile upon his face. Finding shelter in a travelling carnival, Gwynplaine falls in love with a blind girl – the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance.
Part swashbuckler, part expressionist horror, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a sweeping, spectacular adventure and one of silent Hollywood’s rarely screened classics.
With live piano accompaniment by Jonny Best
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