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German Expressionism Film Series

Location

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway | Get Directions

(615) 244-3340
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Event Description

In the 1920s, German Expressionism was well established; the art and film world were influenced by the cultural
collapse of Germany. Government officials banned foreign films and filmmakers relied on the war to perform as a
muse. This film series presents key works that helped to both define and influence this movement. Through the use
of asymmetrical camera angles and stylized lighting techniques that produced contrasting shadows and silhouettes,
filmmakers synthesized Expressionism with sordid realism. All three movies present the world as a dark and
alienating place that can cause one to question the notion of sanity.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a silent movie that transports the viewer into a nightmarish world. A doctor hawks his
own circus attraction that involves a sleepwalking man with psychic powers. Mysterious murders begin to occur
across the small community. When the murderer attacks the beloved Jane, the betrothed of Francis, he seeks the
truth about his fiancée’s fate. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was one of the first horror films to gain international
attention. Directed by Robert Wiene, 1919. 75 minutes. 35mm. Unrated. Tinted Black and White.

Frist Center Auditorium
Free: seating is first come, first seated

 

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December, 14 @ 7:00 pm

FREE

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