Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Golem, Early Horror and German Expressionism

The roots of modern horror of course go very deep.
One of the greatest influences on the Horror Film is German Expressionism. Focused on internal states and featuring oblique angles and odd settings these silent movies brought us into the realm of nightmares.
Here is a piece of cinematic history from 1920 called The Golem(How He Came into the World).
Whether or not this film is a true representation of Expressionism is open for debate-the director himself Paul Wegener didn't consider it an expressionist film. It is more naturalistic than its more popular neighbor in time: "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." But as always, take a look and see what you think.
Paul Parducci

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