November 12, 2009

Das Kabinett

Das Kabinett is all about atmospheric photos, manipulations, collages, montages that were influenced by the German Expressionist movement in film, as well its descendants: Film Noir, Universal Horror films, and (some) modern Japanese suspense films.
Think:
. . . • Robert Wiene's Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (1920)
. . . • F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926) or Nosferatu (1922)
. . . • Fritz Lange's Metropolis(1927) or Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
. . . • James Whale's Frankenstein (1931) or The Old Dark House (1932)
. . . • Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958)
. . . • Hideo Nakata's Ringu (1998, aka: The Ring) or Honogurai mizu no soko kara (2005, aka: Dark Water)
. . . • Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Kyua (1997, aka: Cure)

Using distortion, exaggeration, and non-naturalistic set design and/or blocking, German Expressionist filmmakers sought to express emotional experience rather than impressions of the external world.


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