Saturday, December 31, 2016

German Avant-Garde Films in Japan, 1926

In the silent era, language was no barrier to films fro Europe or the United States being shown elsewhere around the world, including Japan. Then, as now, Japan had an active and curious film culture. And that curiosity extend to "avant-garde" films from abroad, including German movies made in the "New Objective" and Expressionist styles. Here are a few examples of German films shown in Japan in 1926. They are the G.W. Pabst directed film The Joyless Street (1925), starring      Greta Garbo, Asta Nielsen, and Werner Krauss; the horrific Robert Weine directed The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), starring Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, and Lil Dagover; and lastly, the Hans Neuman directed A Midsummer Night's Dream, starring yet again once more Werner Krauss.

And yes, the expressionist tinged G.W. Pabst directed Louise Brooks film, Pandora's Box (1929) was also shown in Japan. Come back next year, tomorrow, for another special treat from Japan.

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