THE SILENT TREATMENT: The Last Warning

feat. live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick
and special introductory remarks from Mike Feinberg, Film Preservation Manager at Universal

Too oft dismissed as a rehashing of Paul Leni’s (The Man Who Laughs) own film, The Cat and the Canary, The Last Warning is a unique entry in the Universal horror canon, especially in its setting–the heart of Broadway at the peak of theatre season. Brought to exuberant life by Hal Mohr’s cinematography (never ceasing to swoop, shift and explore perspectives), Leni’s German Expressionist roots, and clear parallels to Louis Feuillade’s work, The Last Warning has no real basis in reality–“just reflecting layers of make-believe” (Michael Atkinson).

Dir. Paul Leni, 1929, DCP restoration, 89 min.