The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  The German silent film ‘The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari’ (1920) was one of the first films of the German Expressionist movement. A fantastic angular graphic design, with shadows painted directly onto the sets, emphasised not only the nightmare quality of the tale, essentially a descent into madness, but also cinema as art. While Caligari ...

A Humanist Manifesto? 2

A Humanist Manifesto?
This quote is Nicholas Roeg’s response to a reporter who asked about David Bowie’s huge coke habit during the time he was directing Bowie in the ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’. “You can’t reason someone out of anything. I am not into the guilt thing or trying to cure anyone of our humanity. Everybody has ...

The Golem 1

The Golem
  The silent German film ‘The Golem: How he came into the World’ (1920) was the last of a trilogy. In ‘The Golem’ (1915) the medieval creature commits a series of murders after being brought to life in contemporary Germany. The next ‘The Golem and the Dancing Girl’ (1917 – now lost) was a fantasy comedy/ ...

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror 3

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
  Bram Stoker’s widow refused the German silent film director F.W Murnau the rights to Dracula. He made the film anyway, relocating the action from London to Germany and changing the characters’ names – the vampire became Count Orlok. Murnau called his 1922 film Nosferatu; a term used in Stoker’s novel and commonly supposed to ...