52nd edition

L’homme qui rit

Fortnight 1998, Feature film, 1 h 56


England, the late 17th century. King Jacques II has his enemy Lord Clancharlie tortured to death and sells his young son to child traffickers, the « comprachicos. » The boy, whom the traffickers disfigure – twisting his mouth into a hideous permanent grin – flees and saves a blind baby from the cold, Dea. Both are taken in by Ursus, a traveling showman who lives in his wagon in the company of Homo the wolf. The years pass. Gwynplaine, now known as « the man who laughs, » has become a star of the fair-ground. He is in love with Dea, who has grown into a beautiful young girl and is unaware of his deformity…


  • Brandon Hurst
  • Cesare Gravina
  • Conrad Veidt
  • George Siegmann
  • Josephine Crowell
  • Julius Molnar
  • Mary Philbin
  • Nick de Ruiz
  • Olga Baclanova
  • Sam De Grasse
  • Stuart Holmes
  • Zimbo


J. Grubb Alexander, d’après le roman de Victor HugoAdaptation : Charles E. Whittaker, Marion Ward, Mary McLean.Direction artistique : Charles D. Hall, Joseph Wright, Thomas F. O’Neill

Gilbert Warrenton

Maurice Pivar, Edward L. Cahn

Set decoration
Charles Hall, Thomas F. O’Neill, Joseph Wright


Production :
Universal Pictures