Senior Thesis Part 6: End of the Expressionist movement and the Nazi takeover

Because of the Dawes and Young Plan, which relieved war reparations, Germany after 1924 went through a small golden age. Consequently, the Expressionist Movement began to decline, eclipsed by the rising American film genre. Impressed by German techniques and films, American producers hired as many Expressionist filmmakers, designers, makeup artists and technicians they could getContinue reading “Senior Thesis Part 6: End of the Expressionist movement and the Nazi takeover”

Senior Thesis Part 5: Metropolis (1927)

Discharged from his position as an infantryman during World War I in 1916, Lang worked as a scenarist for Otto Rippert, whose generated crowd and horrific laboratory inspired many of his films. Decla Bioscop hired him as a director in 1918, where he completed his earliest films Die Spinnen (1919) and Dr. Mabuse the GamblerContinue reading “Senior Thesis Part 5: Metropolis (1927)”

Senior Thesis Part 4: Waxworks (1924)

  Paul Leni, or Paul Josef Levi, studied at the Berlin’s Academy of Fine Arts, as a painter, and then joined the theater as a set designer throughout multiple Berlin theaters. A former Reinhardt collaborator, his work in the theater transferred to film set and costume design in 1913. Three years after Leni worked asContinue reading “Senior Thesis Part 4: Waxworks (1924)”

ハウルの動く城, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle), 2004

Based on the extremely popular {and HILARIOUS} fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones in 1986, Howl’s Moving Castle garnered praise from film critics world wide as one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most colorful and enjoyable animated films. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006 as best animated film and has since won numerousContinue reading “ハウルの動く城, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle), 2004”