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Berklee Silent Film Orchestra Presents: The Man Who Laughs

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Saturday, June 16
8:00 pm
Doors Open:
7:00 pm
$27.50 - $32.50
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The Cabot
286 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915 United States

Universal Pictures’ The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Called “visually dazzling” by Leonard Maltin, and “one of the final treasures of German silent Expressionism” by Roger Ebert, The Man Who Laughs (1928) is an emotionally powerful melodrama directed by Paul Leni. Based on the Victor Hugo novel, the film’s central character was later to become the inspiration for The Joker!

Honored by the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra has garnered lengthy standing ovations for their original film scores, in live to picture performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York’s Tony Bennett Concert Hall, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

The Man Who Laughs is an American silent romantic drama film directed by the German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni. The film is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name 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.”

In this very cool film with live music event, the talented students of The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra will perform original compositions written by the top students of Berklee College of Music’s film score department.