On Wed, 1 Jul 1998 12:26:03 -0500 Scott Hutchins wrote:
> Dr. Touponce showed our class _Metropolis_ as an example of a German
> expressionist film. What keeps it out of the definition?
I seem to remember that the list Chris Horak cites was also proposed by Barry
Salt in an article
called "From Caligari to Who?" in 'Sight and Sound'. I can't remember the exact
think it is early '80s. Salt comes up with quite a detailed list of criteria in
order for a film to qualify
as "expressionist", but his essential argument is that the word has become -
incorrectly in his
opinion - a generic term to describe all German cinema from the '20s which does
not conform to
certain aesthetic norms.
This point is also discussed by David Robinson in his BFI film classics book on
> On Tue, 30 Jun 1998, Horak, Chris wrote:
> > In a narrow definition of ther term, DIE BUECHSE DER PANDORA is not
> > a German expressionist film. Ony about six films actually qualify as
> > real expressionist films, utilizing the style of expressionist art and
> > theatre in their set design and acting: CALIGARI, VON MORGENS BIS
> > MITTERNACHT, GENUINE, ALGOL, ROSKOLNIKOV, and WAXWORKS. All of them were
> > made between 1919 and 1923.
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