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This month, one of Fritz Lang’s first epic masterpieces, Die Nibelungen gets a lush Blu-ray treatment from Kino, and it has to be one of the most exciting remasters of the year. Sandwiched in-between his seminal crime classic Dr. Mabuse: the Gambler (1922) and Metropolis (1927), Lang’s expansive rendering of the Nordic legend is a technical achievement that rivals the likes of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and was thus split into two parts, Siegfried and Kreimheld’s Revenge (and is not based on Wagner’s opera). Fans of Lang’s oeuvre should be salivating at the chance to experience these beautiful remastered prints, and even though Lang had his fair share of subpar titles, there’s no denying his innate genius here, with what stands as one of the most impressive feats of filmmaking before and after the advent of sound.
- Nicholas Bell
On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival with its focus on the films and filmmakers of Mumbai, the Tiff Cinematheque presents, as part of its fall offerings, a series on the relationship between German Expressionist films and those of Indian cinema pre-Bollywood. Renowned Indian cinema curator Meenakshi Shedde presents a programme that highlights the links between Indian and German filmmaking, and includes a slate of films that illustrate a fantasy India as seen in German films such as Franz Osten’s Light of Asia as well as films that inspired and influenced Indian cinema, such as Josef von Sternberg’s classic 1930 film The Blue Angel, which was remade by V. Shantaram as Pinjra in 1972.
Indian Expressionism runs at the Tiff Bell Lightbox from November 14 to 21. Film screenings include (all information via the Tiff Press Office):
Wednesday, November 14 at 6:15 p.m.
Light of Asia (Prem Sanyas/Die Leuchte Asiens)
Franz Osten, »
- Katherine Matthews
Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.
As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Written by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff. »
A poster for the classic science-fiction movie Metropolis which holds the record for being the most expensive ever sold is to go under the hammer once again as part of the liquidation of its owner's assets.
The poster, painted by the German artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm to promote the release of Fritz Lang's groundbreaking 1927 film about a dystopian future in the year 2000, is one of only four known surviving copies. It was bought by collector Kenneth Schacter for a still-record $690,000 (£443,210) in 2005.
Lang's gothic futurist masterpiece, which he adapted from the novel of the same name by his wife Thea von Harbou, remains an iconic example of early German film-making and has influenced generations of film-makers and science fiction writers, »
- Ben Child
An uber rare movie poster of the 1927 silent classic, "Metropolis," has been seized due to a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy case. Kenneth Schacter, a prominent collector, purchased the print -- one of only four known surviving copies -- for a record-holding $690,000 in 2005. In March, Movieposterexchange.com offered to buy it for $850,000. According to estimates, the relic could fetch more than $1 million, which would make it the first of its kind to pass the million mark in a public sale. Painter Heinz Schulz-Neudamm fashioned the poster for the German masterpiece, which was directed by Fritz Lang. The film is based on the novel by Lang's wife Thea Von Harbou, which takes a look at the dystopian future of the year 2000. In addition to this poster, is a 1933 "King Kong" poster (which could rival the "Metropolis" print), and a 1933 one-sheet teaser from "The Invisible Man," both of which were in the Schacter collection. »
- Jessie Heyman
5 items from 2012
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