Cinema: The New Pictures May 14, 1928

The Man Who Laughs violates the three classic lunacies of cinema: 1) never follow closely the story of a great literary master; 2) always have at least one character who looks like the man in the Arrow collar advertisements; 3) never be thoroughly morbid. Hence, The Man Who Laughs is a truly great, a devastatingly beautiful film. It was made by Universal Pictures Corp. from the story by Victor Hugo, directed by Paul Leni (the German who did the sets for Variety), acted chiefly by Conrad Veidt (another German importation). The tale goes back...