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Silent landscapes: rural settings, national identity and British silent cinema

Andrew Higson

in British Rural Landscapes on Film

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780719091575
eISBN:
9781526115270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091575.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

From Hepworth’s scenics in the late 1890s and early 1900s to the heritage films of the last couple of decades, the representation of a particular version of traditional, rural England has been ... More


Duvivier’s silent films

Ben McCann

in Julien Duvivier

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719091148
eISBN:
9781526124111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091148.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter will look at Duvivier’s first forays into filmmaking, and chart the development of the Duvivier ‘touch’ over a decade of working in silent film. It will explore the visual aspects of the ... More


Entertainment Value and Sound Cinema

Ana Salzberg

in Produced by Irving Thalberg: Theory of Studio-Era Filmmaking

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474451048
eISBN:
9781474484541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451048.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores how the rise of sound cinema impacted Thalberg’s approach to filmmaking. Like others in the industry, Thalberg did not initially recognize the dominance of the talkies; yet in a ... More


ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Erica Tortolani and Martin F. Norden (eds)

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Silent-era film scholarship has all too often focused on a handful of German directors, including Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau and Ernst Lubitsch, but little attention has been paid to arguably one of ... More


Specters of the Mind: Ghosts, Illusion, and Exposure in Paul Leni’s The Cat and the Canary

Simone Natale

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Natale’s chapter addresses a particular class of ghost movies: the type in which the ghost is ultimately refused and relegated to the realm of human imagination and trickery. It focuses on the case ... More


The Unnatural in the Natural: Leopold Jessner and Paul Leni’s Early Weimar Film Backstairs

Jason Doerre

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the influence of literary naturalism on German Expressionist cinema as reflected in Leni’s 1921 film Backstairs, co-directed with Leopold Jessner. As this chapter suggests, ... More


Introduction

Erica Tortolani and Martin F. Norden

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introduction provides an overview of Leni’s career and serves as a context for the chapters to follow. It covers Leni’s early work as an illustrator and theatrical set designer, and then it ... More


Cinema Panopticum: Wax, Work, Waxworks

Erik Born

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

“Cinema Panopticum” explores the central conceit of Waxworks—wax figures that come to life and threaten their creator—in the context of popular wax displays in the Weimar Republic. Commonly credited ... More


The Proto-Horror-Comedy: Waxworks

Joel Westerdale

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Westerdale’s chapter revisits the place of Waxworks within the canon of expressionist cinema emerging from Germany in the early years of the Weimar Republic. Waxworks is among a key group of films, ... More


Produced by Irving Thalberg: Theory of Studio-Era Filmmaking

Ana Salzberg

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474451048
eISBN:
9781474484541
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451048.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Irving Thalberg was not just a critically important producer during Hollywood’s Golden age, but also an innovative theorist of studio-era filmmaking. Drawing on archival sources, this is the first ... More


Cinematic Space and Set Design in Paul Leni’s The Last Warning

Bastian Heinsohn

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents an analysis of cinematic space and set design in The Last Warning, Leni’s fourth and final film for Universal Pictures. Mood and atmosphere are two crucial aspects of Leni’s ... More


Exploding the Cosmopolitan and Treating the Foreigners’ Foreignness: Paul Leni’s The Diary of Dr. Hart

Jaimey Fisher

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Fisher’s chapter examines the titular film as an important historical document that chronicles both the changing institutional context of German cinema and the evolving perspectives on the “war to ... More


Intersectional Avant-Garde: Paul Leni’s Rebus-Film Series and the Confluence of Experimental Visual Styles

Erica Tortolani

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Leni’s eight-part short film series, Rebus-Film (1925-26), and the ways that it relates to various avant-garde art movements of the 1910s and 1920s. Using Rebus-Film Nr. 1 as ... More


Misfitting in America: Paul Leni, Conrad Veidt, and The Man Who Laughs

Gábor Gergely

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

“Misfitting in America” offers an analysis of The Man Who Laughs that suggests the film’s importance in four key areas: (1) as a transitional piece between silent cinema and the talkies, (2) as the ... More


Paul Leni’s The Cat and the Canary: Adaptation into Genre

Rebecca M. Gordon

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that Leni’s first film with Universal Pictures, The Cat and the Canary, created a visual and aural iconography that was essential for its cinematic progeny: namely, its remake in ... More


The Last Warning: Uncertainty, Exploitation, and Horror

Shawn Shimpach

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter considers Universal’s relationship with its audiences at the end of the silent period of Hollywood cinema. Specifically, it presents The Last Warning as a case study and focuses on the ... More


One Great Scene: Thalberg’s Silent Spectacles

Ana Salzberg

in Produced by Irving Thalberg: Theory of Studio-Era Filmmaking

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474451048
eISBN:
9781474484541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451048.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Thalberg’s conviction that “every great film must have one great scene,” exploring what this meant for the dramatic and visual scale of epic filmmaking of the day. The chapter ... More


Bravura Beginnings: Paul Leni and the Art of the Prologue

Martin F. Norden

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at the conclusion of Leni’s film-related work in Germany and the beginning of his employment with Universal Studios. “Bravura Beginnings” argues that the bridge between these two ... More


Masculinity and Facial Disfigurement in The Man Who Laughs

Bruce Henderson

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

“Masculinity and Facial Disfigurement” examines Leni’s film through the lens of disability studies in film. This chapter offers a reading of The Man Who Laughs that addresses the creative liberties ... More


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