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October 31, 2014 9:42 PM   Subscribe

Victor Hugo, famous for Les Miserables and Notre-Dame de Paris, wrote L'Homme Qui Rit, or The Man Who Laughs in 1869 on the isle of Guernsey. The story was adapted for film in 1928, directed by Paul Leni and starring Conrad Veidt. You can watch the film whole or in parts. posted by the man of twists and turns (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
If you're going to watch it on youtube definitely do the playlist, the whole version uses the Danny Elfman Batman score and I find it distracting as well as not fitting the film very well even with the noted Joker-Veidt connection.

I was actually thinking of doing a post on Paul Leni, his death was such a loss and one can only wonder how he would have made the transition to sound after mastering silent filmmaking.
posted by edeezy at 10:58 PM on October 31, 2014


I had only seen the 2012 version, which I'd describe as "Les Mis minus the singing and combined with Edward Scissorhands." I'll have to put this earlier version into my queue to watch. Thanks!
posted by Catblack at 11:40 PM on October 31, 2014


EDIT: oops I see now the originally intended music is audible if you watch it in parts. I'll watch this.
posted by surplus at 7:19 AM on November 1, 2014


I've long wanted to read the Hugo novel, but as I recall there hasn't been a full English translation since the 1880s -- and his biographer Graham Robb said it was a bad translation anyway.

While I don't imagine Hugo would have taken well to being abridged, he was a very talented artist, so a graphic novel adaptation isn't necessarily out of spirit with the author.
posted by chimpsonfilm at 7:54 AM on November 1, 2014


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