A Brief and Boredom-Induced Guide to German Expressionist Films, Part 2

NOTE: Some of the films I'll look at in this article deal with content and themes that might be upsetting to some readers/viewers, including the deaths of children (M) and a scene of sexual assault (Variety). I won't dwell too long on such topics, but there are a few cases where I couldn't properly discuss … Continue reading A Brief and Boredom-Induced Guide to German Expressionist Films, Part 2

A Brief and Boredom-Induced Guide to German Expressionist Films, Part 1

Soooooo. Coronavirus. Quarantine. All that good stuff. Needless to say, the current global crisis is upending everyone's usual schedule. I myself was doing pretty well for once. But then, as though I'd wished on a monkey's paw for some extra free time, it all went up in a neat little puff of smoke. Hooray. But … Continue reading A Brief and Boredom-Induced Guide to German Expressionist Films, Part 1

Horror Is Universal: “The Phantom of the Opera (1925)”

As you probably know, the story of a disfigured musical genius who lurks beneath the Paris Opera House and becomes enamoured with the chorus girl he's training was not invented in the 80s by Andrew Lloyd Webber. While the musical is by far the most famous adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel, it certainly wasn't … Continue reading Horror Is Universal: “The Phantom of the Opera (1925)”