The illusion is that their film world is unmanipulated, but even selectivity itself is a crafting of the art. Art isn’t just drawings and paintings! EXPRESSIONISM IN FILM Sometimes called Formalism, the impulse is contrasted with Realism. German Expressionism is a film movement from 1919 to 1931, including films from Robert Wiene, Fritz Lang, Lupu Pick, F.W. Alissa Darsa , December 26, 2013


This was a film I had heard was a classic, but I never really gave it a chance until now. Murnau, Georg Wilhelm Pabst & more. German Expressionism in film is associated with high contrasts of darks and lights to convey nightmarish sets, often using the chiaroscuro lighting technique.

Art House: An Introduction to German Expressionist Films The influence of German Expressionism on the films of Fritz Lang and Robert Wiene. Many films can be considered to be Expressionist to a certain extent. It's worth keeping in mind that Realism is a style too. Film is a major art form today and I’ve found a few flicks that are excellent examples of expressionism in film. Realistic films attempt to reproduce the surface of reality with a minimum of distortion. German expressionism came to an end in 1923 with political barriers and forced ban, it was named that expressionism was degenerated art for film making in Germany. First up: Straight from the German Expressionist Movement, 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari!

Indeed, since we can say that films correspond more to our dreams than to our lived reality, it might be said that all films are to some extent Expressionistic. However the German expressionists moved to Hollywood where expressionism continued with the influence of Hollywood glamour and culture. These varying degrees of subtlety mean that Expressionism in film today is not simply a black-and-white issue. Let's look at some of the classic examples that cemented this aesthetic steeped in shadows.