Dr. Touponce showed our class _Metropolis_ as an example of a German
expressionist film. What keeps it out of the definition?
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.
> Due to a misreading of Lotte Eisner's The Haunted Screen, many
> Anglo-American and French critics have defined German expressionism much
> more broadly, identifying virtually every German film from the 1920s as
> belonging. This is simply not true. Expressionist cinema is "art
> cinema". Literarlly thousands of German films were produced in the 1920s
> as genre films, whether comedies, or historical epics or "Heimat films".
> PANDORA'S BOX is for the most part a realistic film. Its editing
> structure (invisible cuts on movement) certainly qualify it as
> realistic, as well as most of the acting. There are moments in the film,
> when Pabst resorts to expressionistic lighting and camera angles, and
> one might possibly argue that the narrative itself is expressionistic.
> But it borrows from expressionism the way later AMerican film noirs
> borrowed from expressionism. A closer reading of Eisner will confirm
> that she does not characterize the film as expressionist, but rather
> highlights Pabst's realism.
> Jan-Christopher Horak
> Archives & Collections
> Universal Studios
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> > Can an argument be made for *Pandora's Box* as a German
> > Expressionism film?
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