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10 Remarkable German Expressionist Movies

The Massive Film Movement from Germany, which had taken place between in 1920s which had brought German Cinema in to the lime light of World Cinema. Those movies were exotic and hard-realistic which still are a textbook for Film Noir Movies. Let's go through the most notable ones...

The Student of Prague

Released : 22 August 1913
Directed : Hanns Heinz Ewers
The Student of Prague is a 1913 German silent horror film. The film was remade in 1926, under the same title The Student of Prague. Other remakes were produced in 1935 and 2004. It is generally deemed to be the first independent film in history.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Released : 26 February 1920
Directed : Robert Wiene

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and, according to Roger Ebert, is "the first true horror film".

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The Golem: How He Came into the World

Released : October 29, 1920
Directed : Paul Wegener, Carl Boese
The Golem: How He Came Into the World (original German title: Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) is a 1920 silent directed by Carl Boese and Wegener, written by Wegener and Henrik Galeen, and stars Wegener as the golem. The script was adapted from the 1915 novel The Golem by Gustav Meyrink. The film was the third of three films that Wegener made featuring the golem, the other two being The Golem (1915) and the short comedy The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917), in which Wegener dons the Golem make-up in order to frighten a young lady he is infatuated with. It is a prequel to The Golem and is the best known of the series, largely because it is the only one of the three films that has not been lost.

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Released : 4 March 1922
Directed : F. W. Murnau
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; or simply Nosferatu) is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok.
The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" and "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok"). Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema. As of 2014 it is Rotten Tomatoes best-reviewed horror film of all time.

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Released : November 13, 1922
Directed : F. W. Murnau
Phantom is a 1922 silent film that was directed by F. W. Murnau the same year Murnau directed Nosferatu. It is an example of German Expressionist film and has a surreal, dreamlike quality.

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Released : 1923
Directed : Arthur Robison
Shadow is a German silent film by Arthur Robison from the year 1923. The Alternative title noisy shadows - The Night of knowledge and Shadows - A nocturnal hallucination.

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The Last Laugh

Released : December 23, 1924
Directed : F. W. Murnau
The Last Laugh is a German 1924 silent film directed by German director F. W. Murnau from a screenplay written by Carl Mayer. The film stars Emil Jannings and Maly Delschaft. It is the most famous example of the short-lived Kammerspielfilm or "chamber-drama" genre. It is noted for its near-absence of the inter-titles that characterize most silent films; moreover, none of the inter-titles in The Last Laugh represent spoken dialogue. In 1955 the film was remade starring Hans Albers.

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Released : 10 January 1927
Directed : Fritz Lang
Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang.. It is regarded as a pioneering work of science fiction genre in movies, being the first feature length movie of the genre.

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Pandora's Box

Released : January 30, 1929
Directed : G. W. Pabst
Pandora's Box is a 1929 German silent melodrama film based on Frank Wedekind's plays Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895) and Die B├╝chse der Pandora (1904), Directed by Austrian filmmaker Georg Wilhelm Pabst. Brooks' portrayal of a seductive, thoughtless young woman, whose raw sexuality and uninhibited nature bring ruin to her and those who love her, although initially unappreciated, eventually made the actress a star.

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Released : 11 May 1931
Directed : Fritz Lang
M is a 1931 German drama-thriller film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Peter Lorre. It was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou and the director's first sound film.
Now considered a classic, Lang himself believed it was his finest work.

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