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Kingdom of Shadows (1998)

| Documentary, Horror | Video
Explores the sources of our fears and reveals the birth of the frightful conventions from which the modern-day horror movie has evolved, including the menacing shadows of the German Expressionists.

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Explores the sources of our fears and reveals the birth of the frightful conventions from which the modern-day horror movie has evolved, including the menacing shadows of the German Expressionists.

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An Alright Overview of the Early Era of Horror
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A look back on the early, silent era in horror...

Another reviewer criticized this documentary for Rod Steiger's narration on two fronts -- one, because he says the narrator does little more than explain what is on the screen. And two, the "Bela Lugosi impression" he does. The second point is completely accurate -- why must he talk slow and in a weird accent (though it comes and goes)? That is not helpful in being educational for the viewer.

As for the first point, there is some accuracy in that. I found the documentary enjoyable, but would like to have known more about the creators -- Wiene, Dreyer, and others. We were really offered nothing in the way of biography or history.

The film goes into a bit of depth on "Leaves From Satan's Book" and examines the overlap of Satan, evil and religion. We see how in early years of film, the Inquisition was a popular theme, and therefore good and evil frequently were hard to tell apart. This could have been explored more...


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