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The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Lonesome (Fejos)
2. Boomerang (Kazan)
3. Our Hospitality (Keaton)
4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene)
5. Sweet Leaf (Grant)
6. A Cottage on Dartmoor (Asquith)
7. Black Sabbath (Bava)
8. The Dark Horse (Green)
9. Danger Signal (Florey)
10. Martyrs (Laugier)

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About michaelgloversmith

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11 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • enchantedbyfilm

    Caligari is in my top 10 of all time!!! What did you think of it?

    • michaelgloversmith

      I love it and I’ve seen it dozens of times by now. I just showed it in a class to exemplify the German Expressionist movement.

      I was excited to recently learn that the Friedrich Murnau foundation has carried out a new restoration that will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next year (hopefully followed by a Blu-ray release).

      • enchantedbyfilm

        oh my goodness, really!!! I adore German Expressionism and the copy of Caligari I have is awful… and is only the 52 minute version!! Plus the case is in really bad condition, the way it was produced. I thought it was a pirate copy I’d bought until I saw the same edition in HMV.

        I wrote my dissertation on German Expressionism, and the ways in which it was inspired by fairy tales and fantasy, and how the Expressionist movement influenced contemporary cinema, bringing with it the elements of fairy tale and fantasy I explored. Caligari, Metropolis, Sunrise, and Destiny (1921) are my absolute favourites of German Expressionism. It’s such an incredibly beautiful style. I had Lotte Eisner’s book ‘The Haunted Screen’ out of my University library for nearly two years whilst I did my research. Such a great read; it discusses all the aesthetics of Expressionism so simply, with so many examples and images to illustrate it. And as German Expressionism is primarily suggested through its ‘look’, that’s really important. I wish more of the films were available to buy on dvd in the UK!

      • michaelgloversmith

        I too love German Expressionism and Lotte Eisner’s book. In my film history classes I’ve alternated b/w showing Caligari, M, Nosferatu, Faust, The Last Laugh Metropolis, Waxworks and The Golem to illustrate what Expressionism is/was. Kino in the U.S. has put out a pretty great 75-minute version of Caligari on DVD. The idea that a new restoration might improve the film further is pretty mouth-watering!

        Incidentally, you might be interested in reading an essay I wrote on this site comparing the use of framing devices in Caligari and Nosferatu: https://whitecitycinema.com/2011/09/28/framing-the-supernatural-in-caligari-and-nosferatu/

      • enchantedbyfilm

        I find German Expressionism the most fascinating and probably influential movement in cinema. There’s a new restoration of Caligari definitely being released in the UK soon! And of Nosferatu too. Ooooo I will check that out, thank you! I can’t remember if I said (I’ve had very little access to a computer for the past 3 months!), but I will be uploading my dissertation on German Expressionist cinema and how it was influenced by fairy tales and fantasy soon, so if you want to read, you are more than welcome 😉 I’ll check your essay out now 🙂

      • enchantedbyfilm

        p.s. I actually think I’ve read that before. Infact I think that essay was how I found your blog, with me searching German Expressionism and fantasy when researching my dissertation. Absolutely wonderful examination of both Caligari and Nosferatu though. I love reading up on German Expressionism. It’s such a beautiful style of filmmaking/art/storytelling.

      • michaelgloversmith

        Thank you for the compliment! I am definitely interested in reading your dissertation. Feel free to send me a link to where I can read it online.

      • enchantedbyfilm

        absolutely, thank you. I will be updating my site soon. I have had a broken computer for about 3 months and just got my new one sorted so will be sorting out all my new posts etc and will send you a link once done 🙂

  • John Charet

    That is awesome that you just saw Mario Bava’s “Black Sabbath” I personally think it ranks up there with “Dead of Night” as one of the best horror anthology films:) What did you think of it?

    • michaelgloversmith

      Oh, I love Black Sabbath and I agree that it is the best horror anthology film along with Dead of Night. I’m actually showing it in a Global Cinema class next month so I watched the great new Arrow Blu-ray to prepare for that. The third story is friggin’ terrifying!

  • John Charet

    I agree. The one about that Nurse and that corpse was pretty terrifying. Mario Bava is another one of my favorite directors. In fact, on my blog tomorrow, I will be posting an entry of my favorite films by him.

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