|Today I watched the The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005 remake) and I was delighted by the wonderful expressionistic backgrounds, but underwhelmed with the somewhat sub-par acting and noticable green screen problems. I guess that’s what I get for watching a remake (I added the original 1919 film to the top of my queue)But watching it got me thinking about the static nature of expressionism in films. The lines and shapes convay quite a bit of movement for static images, which is great for paintings of photographs but the very nature of cinima is the progression THROUGH time, not a static capturing of it. Moving from this point and taking the view that something like animation is not a mimicry of reality but a PERCEPTION of reality, what if the location of the characters changed as the need, desires, and fears changed accordingly, I think that would really be neat.
I also purchased a book about expressionism from Amazon, so I’ll see how that is once it arrives, I figure if something interests me I should research it, knowledge is power.