German Expressionism

German Expressionism - The Late Silent Era 1....

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The Late Silent Era 1. Modernism ---Trend in the arts. Shift in cultural attitudes as a response to modern life. Germany In the 1920s The German Situation After WW1: 1. German film industry’s expansion mostly due to isolation created by 1916 government ban on most foreign films—Growth unchecked by real competition. 2. Poor financial situation after WWI (due to reparations etc) led to inflation. People had little reason to save, as money lost value in bank---movies readily available to them. 3. Inflation also allowed exporters to sell more films cheaply abroad---Less expensive than the Hollywood product. Genres and Styles of German Postwar Cinema: Spectacles : 1. Spectacular costume films/Historical Spectacles---usually more expensive, but during inflationary period, German companies had advantage of cheap production, and could sell abroad and earn stable foreign currency. Ex) Madame Dubarry (Lubitsch)—large sets, hundreds of extras… The German Expressionist Movement : 1. Favored extreme distortion to express inner emotional reality rather than surface appearances. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course VIS 84 taught by Professor Mangolte during the Fall '07 term at UCSD.

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