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Nicole Miller

on 5 February 2013

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German Expressionism History German Expressionism German Expressionism 1919-1933 German Expressionism Characteristics End of and Era Conclusion Producers and directors expressed their disillusionment in the wake of WWI through their films Heavily shadowed sets. Use of distortion and exaggeration Dark, depressed story lines Many characters were portrayed as untrustworthy or villains Movement ended in 1930s after the rise of dictator Adolf Hitler Move to Hollywood, CA Led the field of American Horror films Modern View German Expressionism Birthed out of the expressionistic painting and theater movement popular in the early 1900s Directors used straight-on angle shots Directors Today's movies highlight actors, whereas German Expressionism highlighted directors Direction, photography, plot, and editing were more important than acting Some of the main directors were Fritz Lang (Metropolis, 1927), Joe May (Asphalt, 1929), Walther Ruttmann (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der GroBstadt, 1927), F.W. Murnau (Faust, 1926) Inspired many prominent American filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock's movies "Psycho" and "The Lodger," portray saturated shadows and zoomed in angles, similar to those of German films Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands," adapts a character from "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Burton's outlook of Gotham City in "Batman Returns" is often compared to the city in Lang's "Metropolis" Movement lasted 1919-1933 Dark story lines portrayed by heavily shadowed sets Noteworthy directors: Lang, May, Ruttmann Movement inspired modern films such as "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands" German Expressionism Film Noir 1940s and 50s Hollywood melodramas Heavily influenced by German Expressionism Led by Fritz Lang, Robert Sidomak, Michael Curtiz and Josef von Sternberg Important Films Often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era This movie was the first one to use twist ending in cinema Metropolis Set in the year 2026 Wealthy industrialists rule from up in their buildings and neglect their workers who are underground The buildings were inspired by New York in 1924 "Batman Returns" "Nightmare Before Christmas" Nosferatu Phantom Lorenz Lubota is on his way to work when he is run over by a woman driving a chariot and is immediately infatuated with her. His life begins to spiral out of control as he searches for the woman and tries to win her heart. Silent movie based on "Dracula" A beautiful woman risks her life to end a vampire's plague of death and pestilence A man recalls the events of his friends murder. It is later revealed his "recollections" were delusions "20,000 Years in Sing, Sing" (Curtiz 1932), "Dracula" (Freund 1931), "Shanghi Express" (Sternberg 1932)
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