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Film Studies
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CIN2101
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Florian Grandena

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CIN 2190: Lecture #3 Jan 25th 2013 German Expressionism  “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” film:  “The metropolis” is another example of German expressionism  this type of film wanted to contrast with the classic Hollywood text. It did want to shock and disturb people.  Started around 1908­ artistic movement , that aimed at challenging 19th century realism  Use of Distortions to express extreme emotions. Ex: Realism­ conventional  19th century painting, Jules Breton  William Powell Frith­ Derby Day  James Tissot­ The Ball  The Scream­ Edward Munch ▯ Expressionism aimed to create this, something different from the norm,  abstract.  Disproportioned figures, exaggerated scenes, Rejection of nuances and subtle colors that usually give volume and depth to realist paintings.  Instead vivid, little realist colors, (green faces, intense expressions), dark outlines. Objective: direct expression of extreme emotion Ex: Expressionist­ abstract  Dodo and her brother Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Uprising Lyonel Feininger  1910= well known, very fashionable movement in Germany  Prior to expressionism German cinema= comedies, melodramas, detective films  Germany tried to rebuild its reputation through popular culture.  Following the disastrous WWI, attempt to rebuild a strong identity.  Creation of UFA (Universum Flim Aktien Gesellschaft)  to compete with French, American and  Scandinavian film productions.  Rejection of film realism without resorting to fantastic stories a la Georges Melies  Non respect of basic perspective rules  the Student of Prague­ 1rst expressionist film.  Robert Wiener­ 1920:  Deformed perspectives  Over stretched shadows  Non realist acting inherited from expressionist theatre (actors would scream, gesticulate and follow  choreographies)  Mis­en­scene: distortions, overstretched shadows, furniture distortions, extreme emotions and expression  Use of mealepsis: the docto
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