Few movie-goers regard any film not made in their lifetime as valuable. Within that minority, even fewer are motivated to embrace early cinema and keep it alive. For this reason, films like Paul Lenis The Man Who Laughs, have more or less quietly faded into obscurity.
Conrad Veidt was born January 22, 1893 in a working-class neighborhood in Berlin, Germany. His father, Philipp, was a former military man turned civil servant.
It is said that our enemies define us. Nowhere is that more true than in the cinema, where an elegantly crafted adversary can easily overshadow the heartiest protagonist.
Ive just done my 93d imagi-movie cameo, this time opposite John (Tarantuala) Agar, the movie star to whom, like Edgar Allan Poe, I inadvertently gave a Premature Burial.
In 1920s Germany, in the brief fertile years between World War I and Hitlers reign, movies made the leap from entertainment to art.