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ClassicLady's avatar


Superb! I loved it. The cinematography was spectacular for that time, although I shouldn't be surprised since it is German. The story was a little difficult to believe since the surroundings the characters lived in suggested they all had rather menial or blue-collar jobs. This makes the embarrassment and humiliation of his family a little hard to understand. Still, I was taken in by it and loved every minute. I also like that the inter-title before the ending hinted at the fact that the author/director was ambivalent about how to end it, i.e., on a sad, down note - which might actually be more in keeping with reality - or on a happy note - which more people would like to see. Obviously he chose the spoiler which probably helped sell more tickets.
10 years 7 months ago
dombrewer's avatar


I was less convinced by this than those who claim "masterpiece" - it was, of course, an exceptional film for its time, with some clever camera work and beautiful art direction (including a wonderful shot of the enormously tall revolving doors in the Porter's dream), but Emil Jannings performance is so tiresomely melodramatic, endlessly staring with horror into the middle distance, it's a permanent distraction and more than evidence enough that the old dodderer needed to be replaced as quickly as possible (he miraculously straightens up and moves like lightening though when he has to sneak his uniform out of the hotel though). For such a simple story it makes very little sense; as greenhorg pointed out - one menial job is just the same as another to people who actually have no job, fancy uniform or no, and makes his family throwing him out of his own home for the shame of working as a toilet attendant as unlikely as the tacked on "dream" ending. Personally I didn't think it a patch on Murnau's other famous silent, supernatural classics - Nosferatu and Faust.
11 years 5 months ago
BareLolk's avatar


When I saw it, I was pleased - but not convinced.
When I woke up the following day, it hit me how great it is.
I actually think, that the "forced" ending works great - only because of the inter-title describing it. It says a lot about the art of making movies, and how Murnau and every other great artist had and have to deal with the public perception.
9 years 11 months ago
criscoJovan's avatar


God I love when he lifts the luggage over his head one-handed.
12 years 9 months ago
-1flb2-'s avatar


I enjoyed the movie. Emil Jannings emotes a lot of emotion through his acting. To get old, what lies ahead?
8 years 2 months ago
Paulo Martins's avatar

Paulo Martins

who laughs last laughs best!
10 years 12 months ago
greenhorg's avatar


I love it how the movie apologizes for having a trite ending. And here I was vaguely expecting the "last laugh" to involve a handgun and a crowded lobby.

Also I have to admit to being pretty confused by why everyone in the barrio was so scandalized by an old man getting politely moved from one menial hotel job to another menial hotel job.

I'd all be like: "At least I GOT a job. SNAP!" </Jerry! Jerry!>
12 years 1 month ago
Dieguito's avatar


Great one.. Very few lines are told, a true silent movie.
12 years 5 months ago
Fellini_Fiend87's avatar


What an amazing film. The camera work is phenomenal! To me the end of the film comes when the night watchmen puts the coat over the doorman in the bathroom. That's the true ending of the story, as Murnau obviously knew. Unfortunately somebody decided to tack-on a happy ending. But it matters not. What happens before that is a film worthy of being called a masterpiece. I mean c'mon, it's just so obvious.
13 years 3 months ago
benhere's avatar


101 minute version:
8 years 10 months ago
MMDan's avatar


9 years 4 months ago
Yarb40's avatar


I agree, Rich. The happy ending is absolutely horrible. I always turn the movie off right when the "bad ending warning" title card comes on the screen. Still an amazing movie though. 10/10
12 years 6 months ago
George Bailey's avatar

George Bailey

Same here, Rich. That's indeed the true ending! Therefore I will give it a STRONG 9/10!
12 years 10 months ago
Nuked's avatar


One of the greatest movies ever made.
13 years 4 months ago
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