The Bat (1926)

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Roland V. West bought the rights and directed The Bat (1926), one of the first “old dark house” mysteries for United Artist in 1926.  Arthur Edeson was the cinematographer for both this film and The Old Dark House (1932), which share similar Expressionist elements.  Both films are set in large mansions, which have seen better days.  The key to the

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From Easy Street to High Noon

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From Easy Street to High Noon was originally my second E-book, which is now also available as a paperback.  It is a collection of writings on classic films.  Some of the films include Easy Street (1916) starring Charles Chaplin, Nosferatu (1922), Million Dollar Legs (1932) starring W.C. Fields, Laura (1944) and High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper. Some of the

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What is Mise-en-Scene?

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Film scholars argued for years about what is mise-en-scene.  I agree with Andre Bazin’s interpretation of the term.  Mise-en-scene consists of set design, props, costuming and lighting but not camera movement, editing or sound.  While camera movement, editing and sound all add to the visual presentation, the focus of mise-en-scene is the look of the scene. During the German Expressionism

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The Cat and the 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 directors made

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