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On view now – Haunted Screens German Cinema in the 1920’s
- Just in time for Halloween, the Museum is opening Haunted Screens
- Exhibition examines a groundbreaking period in film and art history – a tremendous period of creativity
- Haunted Screens is all about the aesthetic of German Expressionist cinema – skewed set designs, dramatic lighting, strong shadows, distorted perspectives …
- See more than 150 objects – set design drawings, photographs, documents, cameras and 20+ film clips – even a life-size reproduction of the robot Maria from Metropolis
- Exhibition comes to Milwaukee all the way from Paris – MAM is the only venue outside of LA
- This work served as a catalyst for science fiction and horror; and influenced filmmakers like Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Guy Maddin
In the wake of WWI, while Hollywood and the rest of Western cinema were focused mostly on adventure, romance and comedy, German filmmakers explored the anxiety and emotional turbulence that dominated life in Germany. They took their inspiration from Expressionist art and employed geometrically skewed sets, dramatic lighting, off-kilter framing, strong shadows and distorted perspectives.
The impact of this aesthetic has lasted nearly a century, inspiring directors from Alfred Hitchcock to Tim Burton. Its influence is reflected to this day in the dark, brooding styles of film noir, the unsettling themes of horror, and the fantastic imagery of sci-fi. From Blade Runner to The Godfather, from Star Wars to The Hunger Games—our modern blockbusters owe much to these German masters and the visions they created.
Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s explores masterworks of German Expressionist cinema, from the stylized fantasy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to the chilling murder mystery M. Featured are production design drawings, photographs, posters, documents, equipment and film clips from more than 20 films. The exhibition ends with a contemporary 3-channel projection work–Kino Ektoplamsa, 2012–by filmmaker Guy Maddin, which was inspired by German