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Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s at LACMA

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Dates: September 21,2014 through April 26, 2015

Description: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents this exhibition of posters, manuscripts, drawings, and set models from German films made during the period from 1919 (THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI) to 1931 (Fritz Lang’s M). The majority of the artwork was gathered by author Lotte Eisner, who wrote the book THE HAUNTED SCREEN. Also included is “Kino Ektoplasma,” which is a three-screen installation that “resurrects lost films of the Expressionist era.”

German films from the era will be screened in conjunction with the exhibition, including , THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI on Friday, October 3 at 7:30pm.

Note: The exhibition sounds similar to the Masterworks of Expressionist Cinema: Caligari and Metropolis, which LACMA hosted in 2012. German Expressionistic Cinema – including films such as NOSFERATU and FAUST – was a major influence on American horror films in the 1930s, establishing stylistic tropes that would endure for decades, making this show of interest to fans of classic black-and-white horror.

Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s runs during regular museum hours. The exhibition is included with general admission tickets, at no extra cost.