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Although the Giant is a customary carnival figure, the total effect is gruesomely realistic. the dust. Indeed, M£lies action in the film , The fantastic universe of M£lies could only exist within the and never again would his camera look upon a real landscape. Instead, it was Lilliput and Fairyland, Crusoe's island, the bottom of the ocean, and the North Pole— all designed by the master and executed under his supervision. Once the sets were painted, in all the shades of gray required by monochromatic film stock, they would be populated by ballet girls glass walls of his studio from the Chatelet Theater, music-hall performers, second-rank actors, and members of the family.
The arts of each country feed on The German cinema of the early its own bling through a period of crude peasant drama, found its way to the In 1913, early as that folk tales and legends. part of the century, after fum- humor and sentimental fantastic. may seen, a German film company visited Prague to shoot some scenes on location for The Student of Prague, a variation on the theme of the doppelgdnger or "double" that seems to preoccupy tV»«° firmans to ^arprg^riegTeje^j^ajjih Hoffmann s The Sand Merchant as well as from Poe's William Wilson, the writer Hanns Heinz Ewers had concocted the tale of Baldwin, an does any other natio nality/fiorrowing from E.
In the meantime, murder Jane. The somnambulist steals finds himself incapable of destroying abducts her instead, fleeing over roof and field; and, pursued by the townspeople, he dies of exhaustion. Francis discovers that Caligari finds a diary explaining is the head of a nearby insane asylum. how he became He medieval sorcerer who journeyed through Europe with a somnambulist completely under his control that he decided to emulate him. When Francis confronts the doctor with Cesare's dead body, Caligari becomes violent and has to be put in a straitjacket.
An Illustrated History of the Horror Film by Carlos Clarens