The Man Who Laughs at the Miami Beach Cinematheque 2/14/09

14 SAT 8pm: Valentines Day!
“SILENTS Please!”
The MBC series of silent films with LIVE accompaniment!
The Man Who Laughs
(Paul Leni/USA/1928)
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
With Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, and Olga Baclanova

A tragic love story that shocked but delighted American audiences in 1928 (and almost 100
years later, inspired actor Heath Ledger in preparation for his Oscar® nominated role in Dark Knight), silent star Conrad Veidt (from the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) stars as Gwynplaine, an English nobleman’s son who is kidnapped by a political enemy after offending King James II, and then is mutilated by a gypsy “surgeon” who carves a “rictus” smile upon his face. Finding shelter
in a traveling freakshow, he falls in love with a blind girl (The Phantom of the Opera’s Mary Philbin), the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance. As years pass, Gwynplaine falls in love with her, but refuses to allow himself to marry her because he feels his hideous face makes him unworthy, and the hand of fate draws Gwynplaine back into the world of intrigue.
“ONE OF THE FINAL TREASURES of German inspired silent Expressionism”
—Roger Ebert
Tonight’s film will have LIVE OPERA accompanying the existing score, by Miami Music Academy vocalist AMY ALVARADO!
…And includes Coppola Wines with cheese from
Cabot Creamery of Vermont, and chocolates after the film!
Tickets are $16 and $14 for MBC Members for this special event!
Your MBC Ticket is ALSO good for 25% off wine tasting at CAVAS Wines!
(across the street at 437 Española Way)
For tickets click HERE