Illuminating Cinema: The Man Who Laughs
Directed by Paul Leni. US. 1928. NR. 2 hour 4 minutes. Universal. Digital Restoration.
Sun., October 6, 2019
Brand New 4K restoration with a newly recorded orchestral score by the Berklee School of Music! Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, this silent film classic tells the story of Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt). Orphaned and disfigured by a villainous king, Gwynplaine wanders the countryside alone until one day his rescues an abandoned blind girl (Mary Philbin). As the years go by, the two lost souls fall in love – but a greedy royal adviser threatens their future. Famous for inspiring the look of the comic book villain The Joker, The Man Who Laughs is beautiful and haunting film that is ripe for rediscovery.
About the Talk & Conversation
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About the Speaker
Andrew Owen received an M.A. and a PhD in sociology from Bangor University, UK; and is a fulltime faculty member of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at Lebanon Valley College. Andrew’s main areas of research focus on the social history of popular culture; analyzing areas related to propaganda, censorship, horror, and science fiction. Andrew also examines the phenomenon of humor in society, especially as it pertains to its usage by subordinated social groups to attack, challenge, or draw attention to the oppressive ideologies and practices of the dominant social group. Andrew has presented on the topic of film in several countries, including, Great Britain, Norway, and China, as well as throughout the United States. Most recently he has co-authored a chapter for the text, Becoming: Genre, Queerness, and Transformation in NBC’s Hannibal (Syracuse University Press, 2019).
1:00PM – Pre-Show Talk in the Garden Suite
1:30PM – Film Screening in the 1903 Theatre
3:40PM – Post-Show Conversation in the Garden Suite
Seniors & Students: $20
Discounts are available when you purchase tickets for all current Illuminating Cinema selections during the same transaction.
In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn and a free small soda. Plus $5 beer or wine (at this event only).
A limited number of tickets are available for each Illuminating Cinema presentation so we encourage advance purchases.
Member Passes are not accepted for this program.
About Illuminating Cinema
When the credits end that’s when the conversation begins!
Illuminating Cinema connects you with film fans of all ages for fun, refreshments and engaging conversation. Each presentation begins with a pre-show introduction from a guest speaker who offers insight and observation to help sharpen your focus on the respective film. After the film, we’ll meet for an entertaining and enlightening conversation with the speaker and each other.
In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn and a free small soda. Plus $5 beer or wine (at the Illuminating Cinema event only).
Focus your appreciation for film with Illuminating Cinema!