Expressionism at the Cinema

Although not strictly ‘art’ as I’ve been exploring, seeing the wonderful silent film ‘The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari’ at Birmingham Town Hall, was extremely interesting from the perspective of the sets used.

Clearly inspired by expressionism, the sets were clunky and homemade and reflected the aims of the movement: the move away from the realistic to the subjective, the response to emotion rather than to the natural order.

These stills have been haunting me since the film.

The disjointed feel was emphasised by the slanting walls, windows, doors and floors – the stuff of nightmare!

For more about the German Expressionists, check out:

The Art Story

German Expressionism in Leicester.

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