A Cinematic Study in Modern Anxiety at the Milwaukee Art Museum

“Haunted
Screens: German Cinema of the 1920s” is a media-hopping study in modern anxiety
and the visual methods for capturing and conveying it. The artistic movement German Expressionism was a reflection of the prevailing
mood in Weimar Germany (1919-1933). Brought low by the First World War, asphyxiated by the
Treaty of Versailles and suffering from hyperinflation that rendered paper money
of more valuable as wallpaper, Germans were in a bad way. However, this shame,
grief and concern about the future became a potent artistic impetus that formed
the template for contemporary science fiction and dystopian films. Viewers will
also find temperamental and aesthetic similarities to the film noir of the
1940s – America’s own post-war cinematic brooding.

“Haunted
Screens: German Cinema of the 1920s” draws from the collection of Paris’ Cinémathèque
Française, smartly installing scripts, sketches and screens to lead viewers
from inchoate concepts through their iconic execution. The exhibition opensArticle source: http://shepherdexpress.com/blog-13243-a-cinematic-study-in-modern-anxiety-at-the-milwauk.html

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