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The Man Who Laughs (1928) / The Dark Knight (2008)

18 July 2008 2:25 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

In an assured and brilliant stroke of timely programming, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival ("Sfsff") included Paul Leni‘s 1928 “silent” classic The Man Who Laughs as their Centerpiece presentation, acknowledging the direct influence the film’s protagonist Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt) had upon the creation and development of Bob Kane‘s Batman archnemesis The Joker (masterfully appropriated by Heath Ledger in a consummate swan song performance for Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight).

Television producer and director Frank Buxton, a member of the Sfsff Board of Directors for the last 12-13 years, emceed The Man Who Laughs. He recalled back to the festival’s first year when “about four people” were in the audience, whereas now he enthused proudly that the festival was “packed to the rafters.” He introduced Mike Mashon from the Library of Congress who detailed the preservation of the print of The Man Who Laughs provided the festival. »

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