The Complete (Existing) Films of Sadao Yamanaka – Masters of Cinema.

Displaying a filmmaking ethic and system that would make even someone as fast-working as prodigious as Rainer Werner Fassbinder seem cautious and slow, Sadao Yamanaka should perhaps be far better known that he currently is in the West.  Making twenty two films over his short but highly productive cinema career, Yamanaka can be seen as one of the missing links in great Japanese cinema.  His … Continue reading The Complete (Existing) Films of Sadao Yamanaka – Masters of Cinema.

Das Kabinett Des Doktor Caligari – Robert Weine (1920)

Film is at its best when the subject in hand is presented through the obvious visual elements of the medium rather than outside factors such as sound, dialogue etc.  The lure of silent cinema is an exotic one, one perhaps of curiosity as well as nostalgia for a time when cinema’s aims seemed in line with that of the artistic being parallel to the entertaining. … Continue reading Das Kabinett Des Doktor Caligari – Robert Weine (1920)

Der Golem – Paul Wegener (1920)

Before the Second World War, mythology was in a healthy and respectable state of affairs.  With Jewish mysticism in particular dominating the beliefs and influences of many fields, it was only a matter of time before it found its way into film.  The fantasy elements and myths in particular seem a perfect mould for the cinematic medium, yet it seems to have been resisted in … Continue reading Der Golem – Paul Wegener (1920)