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The Man Who Laughs

Dir. Paul Leni USA 110 min

1928 Universal

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the story centers on the extraordinary adventures of Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt). Orphaned as a child, Gwynplaine is punished by the king for his father’s transgressions by having his face carved into a hideous grin. Disfigured and alone, Gwynplaine rescues a blind girl, Dea (Mary Philbin). Because she cannot see, Dea does not know about her lover’s tormented grin. They find a home in a circus, where they fall in love.

New 4K restoration, accompanied by an orchestral score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

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