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Get In the Halloween Spirit, ‘Haunted Screens: German Cinema’ Opens in Milwaukee

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

In what can be seen as perfect timing, the Milwaukee Art Museum has opened their latest exhibit, Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s, which takes a look at this groundbreaking period of film history spearheaded by German talent, and home to chilling tales that led the way to some of the most memorable stories on screen today.

More than 20 films are featured and are grouped into five themes: Nature, Interiors, The Street, Staircases and the Expressionist Body. It is the Expressionist movement that pushed the boundaries of film, and resulted in some iconic staples, including the futuristic Metropolis, M the chilling murder mystery, the dark and twisted fantasy The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and probably the most famous cinema inspiration, and origin of every vampire film, Nosferatu.

Haunted Screens offers visitors “a glimpse into a unique and revolutionary time in film and art history,” said Margaret Andera, curator of contemporary art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. “This exhibition represents a tremendous period of creativity, and allows visitors a fascinating look at the nuanced aesthetics of German Expressionist cinema through a wealth of diverse objects.”

The work to come out of this period continues to influence filmmakers to this day and served as the catalyst for science fiction and horror movies.

Displayed alongside classic clips are more than 150 artifacts from the period, including drawings of set designs, photos, posters and equipment that came together to produce some of the classic tales.

While the exhibit runs through January 22, 2017, this weekend may be the perfect time to check it out as it will give you that extra Halloween spirit.

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Sources: Milwaukee Art Museum, Art Daily

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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