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reviewed The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabi.... March 01, 2012
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)
**** out of ****    I'm not one to judge a film solely for its place in history, or its influence on the many motion pictures that may have followed. Quality, above all, certainly …
posted a Quick Tip about Murnau. April 09, 2011
posted in Cinema of Silence
Despite the fact that I already own four of these films in different versions, I absolutely love this set mainly because it includes wonderful restorations of three of Murnau's greatest films (Nosferatu, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Kino on .... November 24, 2010
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Kino On Video's Restored Authorized Edition DVD)
Kino's restoration of this film is superb, though I think we can expect a superior edition in the future. The print could have been cleaner and the intertitles didn't seem to be translated as …
posted a Quick Tip about The Complete Metropolis (Kino Interna.... November 09, 2010
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The Complete Metropolis (Kino International's Two-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray)
Caught the TCM premier of this on Silent Sunday and was completely blown away. Not only do the restored scenes help to clarify some plot points, but they also amplify the emotional impact of the film. …
posted a Quick Tip about Nosferatu (Alpha Video DVD). September 28, 2010
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Nosferatu (1929)
Of all the various DVDs of Nosferatu, the Alpha Video DVD release is easily the least impressive of the bunch. This is due in part to the fact that the version of the film is the cheap public domain print …
reviewed Veronika Voss. May 01, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
Veronika Voss
Fassbinder took the German nightmare and made art from it.  This one is set in 1955, when amnesia about the Nazi past has set in. People are trying to forget they even have a Nazi past. In the melodrama, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Marriage of Maria Braun. May 01, 2010
posted in Reel Overseas
The Marriage of Maria Braun
I've never seen this before. I am speechless. One of the most amazing movies I have ever seen.
posted a Quick Tip about Pandora's Box (The Criterion Collecti.... March 28, 2010
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Pandora's Box
The most important film of director G.W. Pabst & an all-time classic of German cinema. A silent film lover's feast!
reviewed Rainer Werner Fassbinder. December 25, 2009
Rainer Werner Fassbind
Rainer Werner Fassbinder was something else.  A filmmaker who made great art films.  His high productivity from the late sixties to the early eighties produced more than forty films and stage …
reviewed Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. December 24, 2009
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Emmi (Brigitte Mira) is a cleaning woman who falls in love with Ali (El Hedi Ben Salem) an Moroccan guest worker after they meet each other in a seedy Arabic themed club..  Their interracial relationship …
reviewed Effi Briest. December 23, 2009
Effi Briest
Effi Briest (Hanna Schygulla) is a teenage bride of Baron Geert von Insteten (Wolfgang Schneck), a wealthy aristocrat.  Her parents pushed the young and naive Effi into a marriage of connivance.  …
reviewed Martha. December 21, 2009
Martha (Margit Carensten) is a spinster in her early 30's.  A daddy's girl and naive woman who's sheltered view on life is changed forever when her father dies on their vacation in Italy.  On …
reviewed Ulli Lommel. December 18, 2009
Ulli Lommel
Ulli Lommel has had a long career in the cinema.  He started appearing in films during the early 60's.  He starred in Fassbinder's directorial feature film debut "Love is Colder than Death" …
reviewed Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven. December 18, 2009
Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven
Emma "Mother" Kusters (Brigitte Mira) is a middle aged woman who learns that her husband went crazy at work, killed his supervisor and himself.  Her family is thrusts into the tabloid spotlight …
reviewed Fox and His Friends. December 18, 2009
Fox and His Friends
"Fox" (Rainer Werner Fassbinder who also directs) is gay carnival sideshow performer who's business partner/lover is arrested for tax fraud.  Without a job, Fox has a feeling of a luck …
reviewed Merchant of Four Seasons. December 08, 2009
Merchant of Four Seasons
Hans Epp, a child from a well to do family escapes from his mother's dominate household by running off to join the French Foreign Legion.  Ever since his enlistment and subsequent discharge nothing …
reviewed Tenderness of the Wolves. December 05, 2009
Tenderness of the Wolves
Tenderness of the Wolf is an excellent film about a serial killer living in war torn Germany. Fritz Haarman was a pedophile psychopath who lived during WWI Germany (the time period in the movie was moved …
reviewed Chinese Roulette. November 30, 2009
Chinese Roulette
Gerhard (Alexander Allerson) and Ariane Christ's (Margit Carenstensen) marriage is founded on a house of cards.  Their neglected crippled daughter Angela (Andrea Schober) knows all and decides to …
posted a Quick Tip about Friedrich Wilhelm (F.W.) Murnau. October 27, 2009
posted in Cinema of Silence
The most artful and skilled director of the Silent Era and the greatest German cinematic director of all time. Murnau not only changed the way cameras were used, but also added a level of symbolism, characterization, …
reviewed Pandora's Box (The Criterion Collecti.... December 22, 2008
posted in Cinema of Silence
Pandora's Box
-This review pertains to the Criterion Collection's 2-disc Special Edition DVD of Pandora's Box-      Georg Wilhelm Pabst's 1929 film Pandora's Box is a masterful melodrama. Based …
reviewed Pandora's Box (The Criterion Collecti.... April 19, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pandora's Box
One of the last great works of the silent cinema, G.W. Pabst's PANDORA'S BOX was cruelly-ignored and dismissed by both audiences and critics upon it's original release in 1929. It wasn't until the George …
reviewed Der Golem. May 28, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Der Golem
Set in sixteenth-century Prague, THE GOLEM is a classic silent film based upon a relatively well-known Jewish legend. Even though the Jews of Prague have peacefully lived among the other residents of …
reviewed The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Image En.... October 09, 2004
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Image Entertainment's
Before beginning to write this review I read a couple of the previous reviews, and one person said something that summed up my thoughts quite well. You Tim Burton fans will see stuff here that was obviously …
reviewed Nosferatu: The Vampyre & Phantom Der .... April 20, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Nosferatu: The Vampyre & Phantom Der Nacht
Several great film makers and actors have had a go at the Dracula story since FW Murnau's stunning Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens in 1924, and each extrapolates something very different, but still …
reviewed Nosferatu (Alpha Video DVD). November 17, 2002
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Nosferatu (1929)
By not having any, FW Murnau's visionary film Nosferatu succinctly demonstrates how severely dialogue can dilute and trivialise a piece of cinema. Even disregarding the technical and artistic limitations …
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