German Expressionism and The Cat and Canary (1927)

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     German Expressionism was a post-World War I art movement in architecture, painting and film, which is remembered primarily in film.  The early Expressionist films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and The Last Laugh (1924) were all made in Germany.  When the films were exported to America with critical and popular acclaim, several German

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Charlie Chan in The Red Dragon (1945)

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     Charlie Chan’s The Red Dragon (1945) is a Charlie Chan film from Monogram pictures.  Monogram took over the series in 1944, when Twentieth-Century Fox stopped producing the series.  Sidney Toler bought the rights to the Charlie Chan series and took it to Monogram.  Monogram was ecstatic to land the series.      Monogram would produce the series until 1949 with Roland

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What Are “B” Films?

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     “B” films resulted from Hollywood distribution companies moving to a double bill or two movies screening at theaters.  When the Great Depression led movie goers to start forgoing films between 1930 and 1932, Hollywood studio, which still controlled production and distribution, came up with the idea of showing two films to give customers more bang for their buck.    

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Max Linder, The Man Who Made Pathe’ Film

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     Max Linder (1883-1925) built the Pathe’ Film Studio in the early 1900s. Linder’s comedy influenced Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Linder is largely unknown today because his biggest film successes were in the 1910s.  Many of his films are considered lost.      Film fans today have the benefit of resources like the Internet Archive, which has a

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The Mad Doctor Meets the Somnambulist

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     What happens is the first commercially successful art film.  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) was released in January 1920 becoming a German and international sensation.   It marked the beginning of a German film revival during the 1920s      The German Expressionist Movement in German art strongly influenced the film.  Expressionist paintings were known for buildings sloped

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