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Image from the Hands of Orlac (1924)

Image from the Hands of Orlac (1924)

excerpt from Movie News from Turner Classic Movie : The Hands of Orlac - The 1924 Original German Expressionist Thriller  by by Michael Atkinson

The general consensus, for many decades running, is that though The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) is a cinema-history landmark, and the seminal ship that launched the thematic fleet of German Expressionism (which remained the world's coolest and most influential film movement for a decade), and that the credit for the film's pioneering abstruse stylization and invention went not to the director, Robert Wiene, but to the film's team of writers, producers and theater-trained designers. (And, to a degree, the performances by Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt.) In fact, Wiene has always been short-shrifted, if only because so little of his other work has been available for viewing. (He'd made 18 movies prior to 1920, most of them lost, and worked steadily until his death in 1938.) The Hands of Orlac (1924) is a case in point, long written about but rarely seen, and never available before on home video, but a vivid, throbbing demonstration of the visual fire Wiene had to offer, with or without Caligari's set painters.

Link to the full article:http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=198282&name=The-Hands-of-Orlac
 

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