Yorkshire Silents: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS – Sat 22 Feb – Hull Truck Theatre

The Man Who Laughs | Dir: Paul Leni | 1928 | USA | Cert PG | 110 min | Silent with English intertitles

Yorkshire Silents: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

Saturday 22 February, 7:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre

Paul Leni | 1928 | USA | Cert PG | 110 min | Silent with English intertitles


Tickets can be purchased in advance exclusively via HULL  TRUCK BOX OFFICE

Programme details

Hull Truck Theatre is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a dinner? Doors to the screening room usually open around twenty minutes before the performance starts.

7:00pm: Programme starts

8:50pm: Programme ends

PLEASE NOTE: This film will play without any adverts or trailers, preceded by a short introduction from Yorkshire Silents.


Batman’s arch-enemy, The Joker, was inspired by this darkly romantic silent movie masterpiece. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo (Les Miserables, Hunchback of Notre Dame), THE MAN WHO LAUGHS tells the story of Gwynplaine, a nobleman’s son who is kidnapped and orphaned by a wicked king, who carves a permanent, monstrous smile upon his face. Finding shelter in a travelling carnival, Gwynplaine falls in love with a blind girl – the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance.

Part swashbuckler, part expressionist horror, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is a sweeping, spectacular adventure and one of silent Hollywood’s rarely screened classics.

With live improvised piano score from Jonny Best.

Awards and Reviews

“One of the final treasures of German silent Expressionism.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“It’s Leni’s pictorial genius – aided here by what must have been an enormous budget – that marks the film as one of the most exhilarating of late silent cinema.” – Bob Baker, Time Out



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