Sunday, 6 June 2010

Conrad Veidt - The Man Who Laughs

By a circuitous route involving the Black Dahlia and then "Glasgow" (or "Chelsea") smile I came across The Man Who Laughs - the stunning 1928 film starring Conrad Veidt. The makeup in this film is awesome and Veidt's rictus smile is truly disconcerting. No prizes for guessing Veidt's character was one of the inspirations for The Joker.





8 comments:

  1. Ah, the pre-universal horror output. Lots of interesting stuff and you can really see the universal style emerging from this period of cinema. Never saw The Man Who Laughs but love the visual style of all this stuff. Would love to delve into a bunch of figure sculpts inspired by the early horror wave (painted in grey or sepia tones of course...). Steve.

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    1. you never saw it,so then go and watch it on you tube,there is lot of about that movie

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  2. Horror characters during this phase were so iconic and easy to understand. That combined with the stark acting style would certainly make for some strong miniature designs. Chaney's The Masque of The Red Death from The Phantom of the Opera or the vampire from London After Midnight would also make striking miniatures.

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  3. Oh my! the Joker really exist! this men is the perfect person to interpretated this character, I mean he having all, the smile and that psychotic eyes, yeah he is the Joker, it's a real shame that he is head.

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  4. Cheap Viagra, it's the other way around, The Man who laughs is what inspired Bill Finger and Bob Kane to create the Joker in 1940.

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  7. Ledger ?... retarded crazy Beetleejuice!
    Conrad?... the true Joker!

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