expressionist films


“Your paintings are like my films - they are about nothing…with precision. ”

“I already had a chance to tell you how much I feel - perhaps presumptuously - your painting is close to my work, if only as an experience of fantasy. But behind your fantasizing, we all know there is the whole world, as we see it today: as it is in your superb paintings.”

Michelangelo Antonioni to Mark Rothko

anonymous asked:

I love your art style so much it reminds me of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari sets

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“Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens” (“Nosferatu, a symphony of horror” or simply “Nosferatu”) is a classic 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, “vampire” became “Nosferatu” and “Count Dracula” became “Count Orlok”).

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“taking pictures with my mind and with my camera when possible”

I’m always looking for pictures on the streets or wherever I go.

A great inspiration for me was the the work of artists like Ansel Adams with his perfect landscapes and Helmut Newton with his pictures that tell stories (although I would never compare myself to them…) and the expressionist films or Film noir and just what I see around me.

So you can see a lot of black and white on my blog - and some selective colors.

In the future I’d like to do more portraits and people.

With one subtle camera change, the makers of The Danish Girl highlighted Eddie Redmayne’s feminine side

BY JOE MCGOVERN • Entertainment Weekly (Posted Nov. 2, 2015)

The Danish Girl is about transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, who was born Einar Wegener in 1882 and in the 1920s became the first known recipient of sex reassignemnt surgery. Eddie Redmayne, the reigning Best Actor Oscar-winner for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, plays Lili in the film (out Nov. 27), and spends more than half of his performance identifying as a woman. The movie, based on David Ebershoff’s novel, focuses on Lili’s struggle with her own identification, especially at a time where such an expression could result in harassment and institutionalization.

For the scenes in which Redmayne is portraying Lili as the woman she was, director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables) and cinematographer Danny Cohen (who also shot Room, in theaters now) devised a subtle but effective adjustments to shoot the actor so that his feminine side came through, thus making the emotional journey of the story even more powerful. The camera’s height — something which audiences rarely consider unless the position is very low or very high — was raised slightly above Redmayne’s eye line (like in the photo below), offering an angle that changed the contours of his face.  

“That was one of the things that Tom [Hooper] hit on,” Cohen explained to EW. “Just one or two inches on the camera height and that did a lot of favors to Eddie’s look and his fantastic bone structure. It shouldn’t really be apparent​, and inevitably we were inconsistent, but we did always try to get that perspective. It definitely affects how the audience views the film.”

The Danish Girl is an almost expressionistic film of rich, painterly imagery — though Hooper is quick to point out that the technical elements Redmayne’s performance, which could make him only the third actor ever to win consecutive Best Actor Oscars, were only a small piece of his devotion to the role.

“For Eddie, what was going on inside Lili’s mind was always the primary concern,” says the director. “He’s an extraordinarily conscientious and empathic actor and I think everything flowed from inside to out. The emotional journey led to getting the physical stuff absolutely right. For myself and Danny [Cohen], Eddie’s performance was a great inspiration and encouraged us to do our best work.”


Nosferatu ; A Symphony of Horror (1922)

“Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens” (original title) is a German Expressionist Vampire horror silent film. Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story “Dracula." Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.

Director: F.W. Murnau. Writers: Henrik Galeen (screen play), Bram Stoker (based on the novel: "Dracula”). Stars: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff. Trailer || Full Movie || My Edit. (Plz be kind and don’t remove the gifs to use them separately. They belong together. Thank you!)

Episode: “Graveyard Shift," Season 2, Episode 36a

Reference: 1922 German Expressionist horror film, “Nosferatu.” Nosferatu is shown at the end of this episode as an explanation of lights flickering on and off at the Krusty Krab. 

This is a rare instance of a more direct pop culture reference from Spongebob, albeit somewhat obscure when considering the age of the average viewer.