‘Man Who Laughs,’ inspiration for The Joker, plays Friday at Brattle, with music (corrected)
As part of the soft opening of “The Film and … Festival” coming in 2020 – revolving programming about film and accompanying enrichments – on 8:30 p.m. Friday The Brattle Theatre presents “The Man Who Laughs” (1928), the silent classic starring Conrad Veidt as a young man whose face is disfigured by King James II and subsequently has what looks like a permanent smile on his face. Yup, the role was the inspiration for Batman’s Gotham city rival, The Joker. Local musician Jeff Rapsis accompanies the film with a live score.
This post was updated Oct. 17, 2019, to correct misinformation that it was free and presented in conjunction with the Boston Underground Film Festival.