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The Man Who Laughs (1928) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Paul Leni and produced by Paul Kohner.

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The Man Who Laughs

By Barry P. on Sep 11, 2021 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1928) Directed by Paul Leni; Written by J. Grubb Alexander (Adaptation) and Walter Anthony (Titles); Based on the novel L'Homme Qui Rit by Victor Hugo; Starring: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova, Brandon Hurst, Cesare Gravina, Stuart Holmes and Josephine Crowell; Available on Blu-ray and ... Read full article


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Ursus: Who disturbs the rest of Ursus the philosopher?
Gwynplaine as a child: My name is Gwynplaine and I am cold and hungry.


Dea: God closed my eyes so I could see only the real Gwynplaine.


Gwynplaine: [Via subtitles, to the House of Lords] A king made me a clown! A queen made me a Peer! But first, God made me a man!


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Gwynplaine's fixed grin and disturbing clown-like appearance was a key inspiration for comic book talents Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson in creating Batman's greatest enemy, The Joker.
Gwynplaine's grotesque grin was achieved with prosthesis. Conrad Veidt was fitted with a set of dentures that had metal hooks to pull back the corners of his mouth. The only scene in which he did not wear the prosthesis is the scene where he is ravished by the Duchess Josiana.
Lon Chaney was originally cast as Gwynplaine, but at the last minute, he withdrew.
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