Thursday, July 16, 2015

GRIND-FU BRINGS THE EXPRESSIONIST ARTSY FARTSY CINEMATIC GENIUS ON JULY 25th


Grind-Fu Cinema presents
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
and
VAMPYR

Saturday, July 25th @ 7pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato

FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

Let's see... what's going on in the area on Saturday, July 25th?  LITERALLY EVERYTHING EVER.  If you should find yourself NOT attending one of those things, you should totally come to Grind-Fu Cinema!  We're showing two of the most influential movies from the early days of film, and they are guaranteed to haunt you for quite some time.  Really, these are films that still make their mark on cinema, and they're nearly 100 years old!

 
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)
Germany - Silent

You're probably familiar with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, even if you haven't seen it.  The imagery in this film is striking even by today's standards, and it is a pioneering work that still influences filmmakers today.  This is an early German Expressionist film with sets are haunting and dreamlike, and they enhance the unsettling tone of the film.  Really, they should be in a museum.  Caligari is also the earliest example in film of the "unreliable narrator", which is still a common tool in cinematic story telling.  Don't know what it is?  YOU SHOULD SKIP THAT OTHER THING YOU WERE GOING TO DO AND COME TO GRIND-FU TO FIND OUT!

Honestly, the imagery in this film is iconic.  Check out these stills to get an idea of what you're in for:


 


Pretty creepy stuff, right?  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is one of those films that everyone should see if they're interested in art of film.  It's essential viewing.

Second on the bill is...


VAMPYR (1932)
German/French

Vampyr is not a silent film, though it could easily be mistaken for one.  Dialogue is sparse, to say the least.  I had never seen this film before I picked it up as a Criterion DVD, and it caught me completely off guard.  Vampyr is an eerie film.  Wait... I should all caps that.  Vampyr is an EERIE film.  The way it is shot really brings the haunting imagery out.  Creepy?  Yeah.  I feel like I keep saying haunting and dreamlike, but that's only because those words really capture the look of the film.  Atmospheric... disorienting... EERIE...

Critics and the public SAVAGED Vampyr.  It was booed and widely panned.  The director, Carl Theo. Dreyer, had a nervous breakdown and was institutionalized.  The film was a financial failure.  Modern film audiences, however, now hail it as a classic.



Grind-Fu is definitely veering off the B-Movie path with these two masterpieces.  Honestly, this is the one to go to if you consider yourself a film lover, or if you simply love weird movies.  Have I mentioned lately that Grind-Fu is free?  CUZ IT IS!  Bring your friends, snacks, and your love of cinema as Grind-Fu Cinema dives head first into the world of early German horror films.

I'm the new boy in town!  Where can I go?





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