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The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Director: Paul Leni
Starring: Conrad Veidt

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It tells the tale of Gwynplaine, who has a permanent smile carved on his face by the King, because of his father’s treachery. His character inspired the popular Batman villain – the Joker.

A meeting of brilliant creative minds, The Man Who Laughs serves as a stellar showcase for the talents of director Paul Leni and star Conrad Veidt.

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The story is based on the classic novel of the same title, first published in 1869, written by the acclaimed French dramatist Victor Hugo. Would you like to read the book?


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Victor Hugo: The Man Who Laughs
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