It was at least 1959 or 1960 before I saw his M (1931), with Peter Lorre.
And only just now am I watching Spies (1928).
I hope you know what I’m referring to, I sure love German art, German movies, as I love French art and movies, American art and movies, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Swedish …
But it’s culture, not art, that inspires me to open this post today: German culture, specifically industrial culture, modern culture, and the American and world industrial culture it modeled: nature eclipsed, everything artificial, everything managed by a bureaucracy, klepbots in charge who have no sense of the traditional human meaning of the words they deceive with.
I’ll say more when I can, meantime: remember, it was the Germans who introduced compulsory universal education, schools run by the state, and Americans who leapt to the bandwagon like iron filings to a magnet.
Murnau depicted a gothic, imaginary world of past terrors, vampires and so forth; Lang portrays our world, Roosevelt’s world (before FDR was elected!): everyone some kind of a fascist socialist Commie moron.
The died because they weren’t smart enough to
keep their thoughts to themselves!
Jeez, it was bad enough being white racist kleptocrat genocidal land-grabbers, people who would injure a girl or woman, get her on the ground, cut off her female lips, and wear them as a hat.
2011 08 08 The other day I posted the above, then, over the next few days, compulsively added more comments and images, mostly on German silent classics, on Lang, Murnau, Pabst, but freely associating on other themes and films. Graphics slow things way down, I distribute related comments and graphics over a series of posts: