The Relationship Between Expressionist Art And Film Essay

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With reference to two films, analyse the relationship between Expressionist Art and Film. In what ways can German Expressionist cinema be considered a graphic art? Lyonel Feininger, Street Lantern (1918) Otto Dix, Streetcar (1920)

Fashioning ‘artificial worlds of light and shadow’ expressionist film, during the early twentieth century, and its stark contrast to the prosaic Hollywood films of the period gave the audience a relatively new visual and sensory experience by ‘creat[ing] a unique approach to mise-en-scène.’ Adopting aspects of expressionistic styles from the art world the expressionist film incorporated graphically dynamic elements into their films. Angular set design, theatre-like two-dimensionality and stilted movement from the actors, challenged the boundaries of realism and illusion. Looking at two films from this period, From Morn to Midnight (1920) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) I shall look at the relationship between expressionist art and expressionist film and consider the ways German expressionist cinema may be considered by some to be a graphic art. I will suggest the graphic art qualities are more dominant in From Morn to Midnight leading me to believe that, whilst The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was celebrated during the 1920s to have accomplished something new in terms of combining theatre with art and cinematic development, the overshadowed From Morn to Midnight provides a more obvious graphic style.
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