June 20: Waxworks

Thursday, June 20 2019 | 9PM Das Wachsfigurenkabinett aka Waxworks Germany 1924 d. Paul Leni with Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, William Dieterle, Olga Belajeff and John Gottowt. Silent with intertitles. Music by Tangerine Dream. Black and white. 70 m PLUS a short by Dudley Murphy.

“For my film Waxworks I have tried to create sets so stylized that they evince no idea of reality. My fairground is sketched in with an utter renunciation of detail. All it seeks to engender is an indescribable fluidity of light, moving shapes, shadows, lines and curves. It is not extreme reality that the camera perceives, but the reality of inner events, which is more profound, effective and moving than what we see through everyday eyes, and I equally believe that the cinema can produce this truth, heightened effectively.” Paul Leni

Links: IMDB Wikipedia German Films

See Also: Der letzte Mann aka The Last Laugh (Murnau, 1924), Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari aka The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene, 1920), The Man Who Laughs (Leni, 1928)