There’s a mist descending on a small Bavarian village as chaos threatens to impede progress when a traditional secret is lost with the death of its proprietor. This description could be a muddy folk horror born from the soil of Britannia but, against all odds, it is a strangely distant film by German visionary, Werner Herzog. The director seems just as comfortable with mythic tradition, … Continue reading Heart Of Glass – Werner Herzog (1976)
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)
Werner Herzog is a dangerous director. Not content with simply make believe, he appears to enjoy a masochistic relationship with actually putting himself through his own film’s narratives and challenges. Perhaps he feels that it yields the best results but it’s obvious when watching any of his films that more blood, sweat and tears have gone into making them than pretty much any other filmmaker … Continue reading Aguirre, The Wrath of God – Werner Herzog (1972)
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)
F.W. Murnau should be a name familiar to everyone. Sadly this is not the case so some explanation should be given as to his importance. He was one of the key instigators of the German expressionist movement, a group of films that not only visually defy the time in which they were made but are also almost always beautiful to look at. Faust: A German Folk … Continue reading Faust – F.W Murnau (1926).