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Today in Movie History: January 5

Once again, we turn to the wide openings to see us through this incredibly stinky period in the cinematic calendar.  John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer opened wide today in 1990… four years after its film festival premier. As you may have guessed from the title, it’s a light-heartened romp about a little girl who adopts a kitten.

In the Seriously Old School department. FW Murnau’s silent classic The Last Laugh opened in the U.S. today in 1925. The film was a major hit and helped cement Murnau’s reputation as one of the leading voices in German Expressionism. His game-changing Sunrise followed just two years later.

 

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