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Metropolis (entire movie, above), the 1927 silent film directed by Fritz Lang, is regarded as one of the most important and influential films of all time. The world’s first epic science fiction movie, it continues to serve as inspiration for countless films, and forced humanity to look critically at it’s increasingly complex relationship to industrial and technological growth. In cinematic terms, evidence of its influence can be seen everywhere from to Soylent Green to Snowpiercer.
Aesthetically, it's influence is still present in popular culture, with contemporary artists like Guy Maddin and Tim Burton liberally borrowing stylistic elements from Metropolis is also a film that contains serious cultural and political messages. For example, the dystopian society it portrays was direct commentary on the possible result of the industrial revolution. Metropolis has also proved itself to be prophetic, as many of the themes it explored almost a century ago are as relevant, »
- Brandon Engel
Here at Dread Central we're big fans of horror-inspired artwork, which talented fans have for the last few years been doing an absolutely bang-up job at delivering. Today a highly unique piece of art has come to our attention, which we guarantee you is like nothing you've ever hung up on your bedroom wall in the past!
This week The Dorothy Collective has released what they're referring to as a "Horror Star Chart," mapping 135 classic and influential horror films and honoring the men and women who brought them to life. I'll allow the website to explain...
A two-color litho print, the Horror Star Chart is based on the night sky over Berlin Zoological Gardens on 4th March, 1922 during the premier of F.W. Murnau’s silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is recognised as a masterpiece of cinema, inspiring film makers and directors for generations to come (including Hitchcock).
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- John Squires
Widely regarded as the world's first true horror film, Robert Wiene's 1920 classic Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari should need no large introduction. Rather, the good news is that thanks to Eureka! Entertainment in the UK, it's getting the full restoration and re-release royalty treatment later this year. Let's open this up and see what's inside, shall we?
One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.
At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding...
Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, »
- Gareth Jones
The late, great film critic Roger Ebert once wrote that The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari could very well be “the first true horror film.” Modern audiences will soon be able to experience the legendary 1920 silent film like never before, as Eureka! Entertainment has announced that the 4K restoration of the classic horror tale will play in select theaters in England before coming to Blu-ray and DVD in the UK this fall.
Also known as Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, director Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is being re-released in theaters and coming to Blu-ray and DVD as part of Eureka! Entertainment’s Masters of Cinema Series. The limited theatrical run will begin on August 29th at London’s BFI Southbank and other select cinemas throughout England. The UK Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD release will be available beginning on September 29th. Here are more details from Eureka! »
- Derek Anderson
Alright you film aficionados; it’s time to revisit one of the landmark films that you were forced to watch in school. The German silent film The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari has received what looks to be an amazing restoration and is heading back to theaters after almost 100 years since its initial release. Released in 1920, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari has still remained one of the most inspiring films ever made thanks to stunning design and horror atmosphere (for the time »
- Graham McMorrow
One of the landmark works of genre film — hell, of film, period — has received what looks to be a brilliant new restoration. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was a sensation upon release in 1920, and has remained a sensation for almost one hundred years, thanks to its intense atmosphere and stunning sense of […]
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- Russ Fischer
Have you met Dr. Caligari? A trailer has debuted for the restored re-release of the 1920 German silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, from filmmaker Robert Wiene. The film, with its jagged sets and "sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis", has been restored to full 4K quality and is headed back to theaters again later this summer, almost 100 years after its initial release in 1920. It's only a teaser and it doesn't show much (then again, it doesn't need to!) but I'm still happy to feature it. If you are a fan of this film, then here's a reminder that it's being restored and re-released (on Amazon Instant already). If you've never heard of it before, well, now you have and maybe you can start a lesson in silent film with this. Enjoy! The re-release trailer for Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, on YouTube (via The Film Stage »
- Alex Billington
While there’s a handful of horror films arriving into theaters this summer, we can’t imagine a better use of one’s time than revisiting (or discovering) one of the genre’s first, and best, entries. Robert Wiene‘s seminal German Expressionist feature The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari recently underwent a digital restoration which premiered at the Berlin Film […] »
- Jordan Raup
Those wonderful people at Eureka Entertainment have today announced the release date for both their UK and Eire theatrical re-release and dual format Blu-ray/DVD release of Robert Wiene's masterpiece of German Expressionist horror, Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari.Billed as "the first true horror film", Wiene's insane fever dream will be screened in a stunning new 4K restoration, which was first unveiled at this year's Berlin Film Festival, from 29 August at the BFI in London and selected screens across the territories. This will be followed by a dual format release on Eureka's coveted Masters of Cinema label on 29 September, which will include an audio commentary from David Kalat and a new video essay from David Cairns. Both releases will also be accompanied by some pant-wettingly...
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We love our vampires. There is no denying that. And whether they be the frilly shirt wearing kind or the pointy toothed Alaskan invaders, whatever form they come in, we eat them right up (pun definitely intended). In celebration of the VOD and limited theatrical release of the Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis, we bring you the Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films.
Definitely a unique experience, Rigor Mortis looks to make its mark as a memorable foreign vampire film itself.
But back to the topic at hand. We have a couple of honorable mentions to start off with, including (and we're speculating on this first one, but we know it's going to »
- Scott Hallam
In the history of movies, the list of films with essential, iconic and influential looks is short. Films like Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and 2001: A Space Odyssey all instantly come to mind. On that list, too, is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. The “future noir” aesthetic it helped pioneer over thirty years ago […]
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- Germain Lussier
Great news for fans of German Expressionism - and let's face it, who isn't? Eureka Entertainment has announced that it will be releasing two of the most important films from this hugely influential movement in world cinema to Blu-ray and DVD on their Masters of Cinema label. F.W. Murnau's Faust and Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, perhaps two of the greatest silent horror films ever made, will both be made available on Blu-ray and DVD via the award-winning label later this summer. Caligari, which premiered in a glorious newly restored print at this year's Berlinale, will also be released in selected cinemas across the UK and Eire, and while the final dates have yet to be announced, Faust will be arriving in a dual format...
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You have probably already heard about Only Lovers Left Alive, although it’s far easier to remember it as “the Tom Hiddleston/Tilda Swinton vampire movie.” It has been a long time in coming to the American market, slowly making the rounds of the festival circuit since it premiered at Cannes last year. Now, the film is finally getting a wide U.S. release, promoted by yet another dreamy, ethereal trailer.
Hiddleston and Swinton feature as centuries-old vampire lovers named Adam and Eve, now evolved to a state where they do not need to feast upon humans to acquire sustenance. Instead they seem to spend their time playing music, discussing literature, and enjoying each other’s company. A wrench may be thrown into the works, however, by the appearance of Adam’s sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska), a younger and obviously wilder creature whom Adam does not seem to be overly fond of. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Maximilian Schell movie director (photo: Maximilian Schell and Maria Schell) (See previous post: “Maximilian Schell Dies: Best Actor Oscar Winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg.’”) Maximilian Schell’s first film as a director was the 1970 (dubbed) German-language release First Love / Erste Liebe, adapted from Igor Turgenev’s novella, and starring Englishman John Moulder-Brown, Frenchwoman Dominique Sanda, and Schell in this tale about a doomed love affair in Czarist Russia. Italian Valentina Cortese and British Marius Goring provided support. Directed by a former Best Actor Oscar winner, First Love, a movie that could just as easily have been dubbed into Swedish or Swahili (or English), ended up nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Three years later, nominated in that same category was Schell’s second feature film as a director, The Pedestrian / Der Fußgänger, in which a car accident forces a German businessman to delve deep into his past. »
- Andre Soares
By Mark Pinkert
There was an interesting phenomenon in film this year that deserves a second look: many of the most recognizably “American” films of 2013 were directed by foreigners and, of those films, two feature almost entirely foreign casts.
First, to be clear, when I say “American” films, I’m not referring to stories that simply take place here; rather, I’m looking at films that are germane to the American narrative, to our history and cultural zeitgeist–really, Americana as opposed to just American. Films like The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips–which bring to life classic American literature, histories, and recent events–are the best examples. (Gravity is a tough sell for this list, but does fit insofar as it deals with the space program, a prominent feature of 20th century, Cold War America.) The second criterion, then, is to have a foreign director, »
- Mark Pinkert
Directed by F.W. Murnau
William Fox had seen Faust, Nosferatu, and The Last Laugh, and on the basis of these German masterworks, he brought their creator, F.W. Murnau, to Hollywood. What he got was a truly distinct cinematic vision, which was what he had in mind: something to set a few Fox features apart from the other studios’ output. What he probably didn’t expect was just how much of that “artsy” European touch he was going to get with Murnau on contract. Were American audiences going to go for this type of movie, with its symbolism, melodious structure, and overtly self-conscious style? At any rate, Murnau’s first picture at Fox was one to remember. Sunrise, from 1927, is one of the greatest of all films. It is a touching, beautiful, and artistically accomplished movie, one of the best ever made, »
- Jeremy Carr
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