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I’ve written a lot about the German designer Hans Hillmann in these pages and elsewhere, and the current exhibition running through September 27 at the Kemistry Gallery is a must-see if you’re in London (there are some great images of the exhibit here if you’re not), but I only recently came across the work of a peer and compatriot of Hillmann’s, Karl Oskar Blase. Born the same year as Hillmann, on March 24, 1925, and now in his late 80s, Blase was, like Hillmann, a professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Art director of the German design magazine Form, Blase designed every cover of the magazine from 1957 to 1968. He is also renowned as a designer of stamps.
Throughout the 1960s Blase also designed film posters for the revival house Atlas Films (as did Hillmann). His posters are mostly a »
- Adrian Curry
The late, great film critic Roger Ebert once wrote that The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari could very well be “the first true horror film.” Us audiences will soon be able to experience the sinister actions of hypnotist Dr. Caligari and the sleepwalking Cesare in a 4k transfer of the legendary 1920 silent film that’s hitting shelves in November, and we have a look at the Blu-ray cover art and special features.
From Kino Video, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Blu-ray will be available beginning November 18th. In February, the restored version of the film showed at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, the same city it premiered in 94 years earlier.
The 4k transfer of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was recently re-released to select theaters in England and will come out on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on September 29th. We have the synopsis, special features, and making-of restoration »
- Derek Anderson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) is still getting used to life in the 21st century, but before he gets too comfortable he's enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D. to help stop another big bad. Captain American partners with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) for a lot of action and awesomeness in their mission to stop the Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie co-stars as Falcon.
Why We're In: The "Avengers" series just keeps getting better and better. Plus, "Winter Soldier" gives us even more of Black Widow's bad-assery, proving once again that it's high time we get a stand-alone for this fantastic character.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
Festival time once more, for me the most valuable time. Time to soak in contrasting cinematic visions from across the globe, of course, and time to run into old and new friends. My first couple of days at a place like Toronto, I’m rather ashamed to say, mainly consist of playing catch-up. Not just catching up with titles which have already received coverage in other festivals, but also with fellow writers and cinema-lovers whom I practically only get to see once a year. As lonely as the basic act of movie-watching can be, to me the atmosphere here has always been an intoxicatingly communal one. The joy of leaping from screening to screening is matched only by the pleasure of discussing those discoveries with others—a dialogue that flows fluidly from contemporary releases to classic obscurities and gives a festival as vast as Tiff the intimate sense of shared exploration. »
- Fernando F. Croce
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (a.k.a. Das Cabinet des Caligari), 1920.
Directed by Robert Wiene.
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…
The history of cinema harks back to few films that are as important and iconic as Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. An expressionist masterpiece, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is, for a limited time, back in the cinema. Re-mastered and screened from August 29th, the cinematic experience is a rare treat as the hand-painted backdrops and subtle face make-up can be seen up-close and appreciated in the way it was intended (perhaps even better). As filmmaking was finding its feet, »
- Simon Columb
As the spindly figure of Cesare ambles along with a damsel in distress slung over his shoulder, hunted by the law on a pathway that defies all architectural sense, a few things are being born into the popular cinema vernacular. Not only do you realise that this is Expressionism functioning at its highest, but you get the feeling that every psychological thriller, gothic fable and crime noir is being formed in an early, embryonic state, over the course of a mere seventy-seven minutes.
Sitting on a bench, a man by the name of Francis relates a tale to an elderly companion. It’s a tale of woe, of murder, of foreboding horror; cutting back in time to the town of Holstenwall, an ominous new attraction rolls into the annual fair – with an even more ominous figure at the helm. Dr. Caligari presents Cesare the Somnambulist, a sleepwalking near-zombie who can »
- Gary Green
★★★★★To speak of cinema without The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) would be to speak of filmmaking without Thomas Edison's invention of the light bulb. Today's dramas, horrors, noirs and thrillers have undoubtedly supplied from the infinite mastery of Robert Wiene's staple showpiece. Approaching one hundred years since its inception, this work of art debunks its historic sell-by-date. Its recent digital restoration is a testament to its inability to age. Many regard Wiene's feat as boasting the beginnings of the horror genre and the introduction of the twist ending. What is undeniable is that the classic Cabinet of Dr. Caligari perfectly captures German Expressionism in its most tentative and visionary mode.
- CineVue UK
Director: Robert Wiene.
Running Time: 77 minutes.
Synopsis: A man named Dr. Caligari (Krauss) shows up in town displaying his somnambulist (Veidt) who makes dark predictions. After murders begin to happen in town, suspicion falls on Caligari.
Usually labelled as the first true horror film, Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari deserves its title as well as standing up today. This latest reissue may be rated U, but don’t let that fall you in the slighest. Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari remains an artistic piece of true horror which, despite its age, still manages to create unsettling emotions as well as offering up plot twists before they were cool.
Sometimes it’s hard to judge a silent film, out of fear that too much relies on reviewing the film based on what it achieved and how it would have played »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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).
The star chart »
- 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 […]
The post ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ Restoration Trailer appeared first on /Film. »
- 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 […]
The post Moments Lost – Music and Art Inspired by ‘Blade Runner’ Art Show Opening in Brooklyn appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
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