Grab your socks ladies and gentlemen, because the 2012 Toronto Silent Film Festival closes with the box office smash of 1925, E.A. Dupont‘s Variety. A masterpiece of German expressionism starring Emil Jannings (because what masterpiece of German expressionism doesn’t star Emil Jannings?), Variety is famous for “the swinging camerman.” This is a rarely screened silent [...]
Here’s some more interesting notes on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, from www.filmmonthly.com. Jon Sebastien is maybe a little too harsh on American filmmakers of 1920 (no deeper than a puddle?), but he more distinctly draws the direct line to from Caligari to Tim Burton, specifically Edward Scissorhands.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the gold standard example of early German expressionism in film, is just plain weird. Today we call it a “horror” film, but it’s not scary. It is disorienting and certainly creepy, but you won’t jump in your seat while viewing it. But if you care about the genre known as [...]