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Before German Film Expressionism

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German Expressionism is a movement in art that influenced the movement of German Expressionism in Film

 

Expressionism in art

 

            Expressionism began 1905 in Europe eight years before the first German Expression Film The student of Prague debuted. Expressionist art reflected a state of mind and subjective feelings over objective observations. Symbolic colors and exaggerated imagery. German expressionism often focused on the darker side of human psyche. Expressionist was influenced by the Fauves an earlier movement meaning the beasts, because of the beastly bright colors they used, a critic said. Germany expressionism Started with Kirchner and Nolde.

 

Die Brucke is a group of German expressionists, which met in Dresden. Their name means bridge, which symbolizes them as a bridge for new artists to explore. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was the leader of the group and would make paintings commenting on society in cities like the Berlin street scene( the painting above ),” convey hostile, alienating world with distorted figures and colors.”(Sister Wendy Beckett)  Their artwork wasn’t as cohesive and later the group broke up because of differing visions. Max Beckmann a great expressionist, was a soldier in the First World War and suffered from depression and hallucinations. “His work reflects his stress through its sheer intensity: cruel, brutal images are held solid colors and flat heavy shapes to give a n almost timeless quality.”(Sister Wendy Beckett)

 

These are a collection of Expressionist art at the Moma

 

 

 

 

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Commanding Heights : The German Hyperinflation, 1923 | on PBS

Commanding Heights : The German Hyperinflation, 1923 | on PBS | GermanExpressionism | Scoop.it

This essay is  great explanation of what Germany was like after World War 1.They were extremely affected by the deal enforced by the Treaty of Versailles, causing the Deutsche Mark to lose its value and hyperinflation engulfed the land. This essay talks shows how hyperinflation and the fragile government at the time had affected the citizens of Germany.

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Der magische Gürtel - 1917 - German Propaganda in WW1

This is when film in Germany actually became something. Because the entrance of the United States in the first World War, Germany's reputation was under the attack by all the Anti-German propaganda coming from the States developed, big money film companies. The German government decided to fire back...

 

They created the first government-funded film company, the Universum Film A.G.(UFA). Their main goal was propaganda. Film theorist Siegfried Kracauer stated that, "The official mission of Ufa was to advertise Germany according to governmant directives."

 

The 44 minute film shows backs up the German's war by accrediting the German millitary. It's telling its audience, "Trust us, we're professionals." I don't know how someone could have followed along for the whole film. Shouldn't propaganda be short and sweet?

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IMDb: Most Popular Feature Films Released 1910 to 1919

IMDb: Most Popular Feature Films Released 1910 to 1919 | GermanExpressionism | Scoop.it

From the top 100, six ( I had to scan through to find them I may have missed one or two) German films have been included. It's is below average, assuming that there are at most 7 other counries on the list, showing how small the film industry had been in Germany at the time.

 

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German Expressionism: Brief Overlook of German Expressionism

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                             Traits of German expressionism in Film

 

      What is Expressionism? Expressionism has the theme of depicting the internal like emotions and psyche instead of the external. How was portrayed? It was portrayed through acting, scenes, lighting, visual “em- phasize the composition of individual shots to an exceptional degree.” The sets of the movie The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari were painted. The scenes where the light peering through windows in an overly dramatic way was actually painted on canvas.

 

• Chiaroscuro- pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color o At times would use high contrast to evoke emotion

• Anthropomorphism—is to give humanness to non- human objects

• Slanted lines and curves

• Distortion of surroundings—the slanted windows, doors and other settings irregular.

• The Doppelganger--- is when shadows or reflections have a mind of its own.

• Acting “often moving jerkily, pausing, and then making sudden gestures” exaggerated facial expressions. descrip- tions of Expressionist films often referred to the sets as "acting" or as blending in with the actors' movements.

     What is mise-en-scene? “Mise-en-scene” is a French term used to describe the technique of story telling through stage design and cinematography. “Mise-en-scene” is used in Expressionist films to contribute to the design aspect

 

The article gets more into depth about the characteristics and what German expressionism is.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Metropolis'

How does the film Metropolis implement Expressionist narrative themes? More importantly, do these themes parallel the events in Germany at the time? Have they had any influence on more modern cinema?

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(Modern Film Influenced by German Expressionism) Frankenweenie (2012) Trailer - Tim Burton

Tim Burton's latest movie "Frankenweenie" is loaded with expressionist elements. These elements include extreme contrasts of light and dark which creates dramtic shadows, and also the use of abstractionism.  Abstractionism in this film can be the dramatic way in chich the characters eyes are very large but trapped in a dark ring.  This is an example of presenting the psychological state of the charecter through dramatic lighting and visuals.   

 

Other Tim Burton films with expressionist influence include;

-Alice In Wonderland (2010)

-Edward Scissorhands

-Corpse Bride

-BeetleJuice

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Triumph of the Will (clip) Hitler Says No More!

Once Hitler's regime began, most of the expressionist fled.  He obviously did not support their ideas of portraying the brutal reality of the people.  Hitler deemed their work as unpatriotic and said that they were tarnishing real art and culture.  Also, the fact that most were Jews did not help their case.  Hitler's reaction was to make a film depicting him as a the true leader of Germany that will bring glory to their nation.  This is when we start to see blatant signs of [[[PROPAGANDA]]].

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German Cinema: What You Need to Know About the Silent Era

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Read section titled The Emergence. This explains a little on how Germany worked to improve their film industry before the war. Fantasy became popular at this time.  Film makers began to play the aesthetics of film, creating one of the building blocks for Expressionism.

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Dawes Plan: Helped the massive inflation but hurt the local film industry.

Dawes Plan: Helped the massive inflation but hurt the local film industry. | GermanExpressionism | Scoop.it

Dawes Plan... (Just a little bit of History)

 

The Dawes Plan was implemented to help Germany with their reparations debt that they acquired during WWI and also to try to manage the insane inflation.  Though the Dawes Plan did help the German economy, it hit the local German film industry with new found competition.  With the establishment of a better economy there were greater import conditions which led to heavy competiton for the German filmakers.  Remember, the German filmakers did not have much competition for many years and has ample time to produce films with no distraction or pressure from outside sources. Also with a better economy the social conditions changed.  People began to be more positive and were not asinterested in the dark twisted views portrayed in German Expressionist films.  All of these new conditions contributed to the slow downfall of German Expressionism.   

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Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu (1922) | GermanExpressionism | Scoop.it

Expressionism frequently set its stories in exotic places, often the past or the future, and would frequently revolve around fantastic elements, such as dragons, and use the interactions of these to demonstrate the subjective, emotional concepts they wished to convey to the audience. Nosferatu demonstrates this with an imagination of the classic tale of Dracula. The grotesque, warped appearance of the vampire Orlak embodies the Expressionistic visual style, while the story and setting work to convey fear to the viewers. 

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) - Full Movie

 

  This is the film Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; this is the first German Expressionist film

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The Shower - Psycho

This genre is film noir, which was influenced by German Expessionism. What Characteristics in this clip comes from German Expressionism?

 

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The Artistic Imagination Suppressed

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*****Scroll down to Chapter 5*****

 

In March 1933, one of Hitler's first declarations was the Enabling Act.  This marked the beginning of his control over Germany socially and economically.  He stated "the government of the Third Reich will undertake a thorough moral purging. The entire educational system, the theater, the cinema, literature, press, and broadcasting will be used as a means to an end" (qtd. in Adams 10).

 

Basically Hitler has announced that if your ideas and work do not comply with Nazi ethics he will remove you.  At this time many artisits and filmakers were persecuted for simply expressing themselves.  This new belief system from the Nazi regime made German Expressionism unacceptable. 

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Amazing.

I love this video!  The music and simple animations evoke so much emotion.  This is a key element of the movement. The ability to explore deeper meanings and emotions by simple stage design, story telling and symbolism.  What do you take away form this video?

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