Sunday, March 16, 2008

There are no right angles here.

Kino, the film restorers ( have just released a four volume set of early German Expressionist movies, which included the 1919 movie, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It's been a long time since I'd seen this movie and I must say I had forgotten how good, raw, original and elemental it is.

The sets had a look that combined Van Gogh, Chagall and Andre Kertesz. The still here is one small example. Next time you think Tim Burton is original, brush up your Caligari. Sometimes you need to go backwards to see something you haven't seen before, tonight I went back 89-years to do so.

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