Warning Shadows

The Weimar movie and the frantic flowering of German Expressionism
by Michael Atkinson   posted Nov 23, 2010

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I was immediately intrigued by the title of this article, as Robison's Warning Shadows (1923) is one of my favorite German Expressionist films. I was dismayed to find that this film wasn't given reference above nor is it playing as part of MoMa's Weimar Retrospective. This film should be given its rightful place within the Expressionist canon -- on par with Caligari, Nosferatu, Metropolis, and the more realist The Street, The Last Laugh and beyond! While Warning Shadows is certainly an apt metaphor to refer the Weimar Era broadly, I wonder did Atkinson select this turn of phrase deliberately?
Cinephilia87   posted 05.01.11


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Michael Atkinson is the author/editor of six books, including Ghosts in the Machine: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema (Limelight Eds., 2000), Flickipedia (Chicago Review Press, 2007), Exile Cinema: Filmmakers at Work Beyond Hollywood (SUNY Press, 2008), and the novels from St. Martin's Press Hemingway Deadlights and Hemingway Cutthroat.

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