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Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis (1927)

In which we go to the year 2000, where not much has changed but they live underground. More so than The Cabinet of Dr Caligari or Nosferatu, the imagery of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis influences cinema and pop culture today. The famous poster art of the 1920s inspired cityscape and the iconic look of the robot Maria have been homaged, parodied and integrated into design for over ninety years. Just like those two early films, I’d never sat through Metropolis in full before watching it for…

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Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu (1922)

In which a vampire’s shadow terrorises our sleeping moments and we learn there’s no horror like that of being trapped within our own nightmares. Nosferatu is one of those films that has long since transcended its original purpose of entertaining audiences to become an icon of cinema. It’s the type of film that fans know everything about, from its influence to its incredible imagery, without having to see it. I suspect that many don’t bother to watch it in full at…

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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

In which we meet a somnambulist, an expressionist master director and a rising body count, all from a century ago. I find it hard to get my head round the idea that we were watching movies a hundred years ago.  They’re now officially antiques. Of course, it was a different experience then and not just the black white photography or lack of sound.  Cinema’s language has changed over the last century, we understand it subliminally from cues that we’ve witnessed before…

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The General (1926)

The General (1926)

In which we get a return ticket through the frontlines of the American Civil War. Buster Keaton is one of those actors like Charlie Chaplin that we almost all recognise, most of us have seen a clip or still from their films and many can name at least one or two titles. In contrast to Chaplin though, I had never seen a Keaton film before this week and had little intention of doing so before I started this project. I’ve…

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