with an attitude.
Before I tell you about one of the best movies I have seen, I must say, that I am not a fan of horror movies. At least I was not. Movies made nowadays are oversaturated with special effects and creepy creatures which have nothing to do with human beings at all. They are all so made up, that I can get sick of them. Of course, It would not be horror without murders. But nowadays everything have become so low and filthy. They are not hiding a thing and there is no plot at all. And as a result, these movies looks like a sick schyzophrenic nymphomaniacs fantasy with definitely not God creatures (excuse me for my words) fucking human beings, then killing them and so further. The world is (excuse me again) so fucked-up! Most of the science fiction and horror movies made nowadays are like (and again..) pain in the ass for me.
Okay, but if we look back for almost 100 years, there is a bit different scene. Let’s take the year 1920, the year when the horror began.
Berlin, February 1920. The streets are filled with posters “Du musst Caligari werden!” (You have to become Caligari!). The smartest already knows what I am talking about. Robert Wienes movie “The Cabinett of Dr. Caligari”. There are no official movie posters yet published,so there is no hint about the upcoming movie. Great advertising – making people curious. “The Cabinett of Dr. Caligari” is horror in its best, released in February 26, 1920. It is calimed to be the first horror movie ever made. It is surprising how less it takes to scare people. Classy, but very unpredictable plot, nothing filthy and powerful music. Everybody have noticed how important the soud is in the movies. I think that silent movies makes much greater expression, than the movies from sound era. Music does all the talking, and that can be called art. The text gives nothing, only a small clue about the plot. (There are few intertitles in silent movies).The main elements which make any movie so enjoyable are the music, the plot, the facial expressions as well as the lights and staging. This is why I love silent movies, especially the ones from German expressionism era. But what I do love about Dr. Caligari is the unpredictable plot. You can never tell what is going to happen next. The other thing that makes this movie so special are the close-ups with facial expressions, mostly eyes, and eyes are those who tells the sory. The staging makes sense as well. The disproportional, also bit chaotic architecture and interiors with sharp edges symbolizes the inner world of the characters, it could also be taken as a symbol of postwar Germany. That kind of staging is often used in German expressionism, while It is one of the main elements. But back to Caligari, the things which makes this movie horror are the characters, their facial expressions, of course light and staging, but the main role plays the music. Of course, I have no idea how sounds the original, which was played live at the screenings. Usually the pianist, sometimes even orchestra included, got the scores, after wich they were playing, while the movie was running. But I am quiet satisfied with music, they have used after recounsruction. Nevertheless, it gives the spectator the creeps and the horror feeling. So, the main task is done.
And after all, I am so happy that we have the possibility to watch these great movies, and I am so thankful for the development of technologies, which have gave us this brilliant chance to follow the development of the cinema throughout the centuries, and it would be a shame not to use it.
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waste your life!
“I’d rather want everything and have nothing, than have everything and want nothing. Because at least when you want something, your life has a meaning, it’s worthwile. From the moment you think you have everything, you have to search for meaning in other things.”
-Vik Muniz, artist /from the documentary ”Waste Land”, 2010/
“I don’t take photos to please people, I certainly don’t take photos to please the models, art directors/magazine editors. It’s not art, photography is an excuse to see women naked. Men have an endless fascination to see women they’ve never met before naked. It’s an obsession that wont go away.” – Mike Dowson
N.B.! The following text is NOT based on a true story, neither are the characters (except crows and gulls).
wednesday. 2. p.m. early morning. at least for me. cause workin’ nights. i was so up to deep sleep before that fuckin’ job again, with no fuckin’ salary for almost two god dammit months! who the hell am i workin’ for? at least get some food, though. anyway, if i had a gun, i would’ve killed most of my god dammit neighbours, and all the fuckin’ crows and gulls. screamin’ like there was someone killed round the corner. no sleep at all. no SHITTY sleep at all!! and some idiots on the third (or fourth) floor listening to some pop-shit, i fuckin’ hate! for Christ’s sake, if they were doin’ such a shitty job as i am, they wouldn’t have played that shit so fuckin’ loud! okay, they would’ve, because they’re deeply fucked bastards, not giving a shit ’bout a thing. that’s what we call ‘tolerance’ nowadays.