Haunted Screens. German cinema in the 1920s
LACMA, Los Angeles
– 26 April 2015
The “Haunted” exhibition is showing more than 150 works from German cinema from the 1920s and the expressionist era. Alongside film clips also manuscripts, posters and set models will be displayed. The exhibition is being held in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the west of the United States.
La Cinémathèque française, which is organising the exhibition, is displaying pieces mainly collected by Lotte Eisner. Lotte Eisner, who emigrated from Germany, became well-known as the author and historian with the text “The Haunted” published in 1952. Works will also be displayed from the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies and the archives of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (which also awards the famous Oscars). Visitors are able to view a colourful mix of German expressionist film scenes ranging from the “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1919) to the the murder mystery “M” (1931). The exhibition gives an insight into the innovativeness of cinema of the Weimar period with its aesthetic, psychological and technical expertise.
In addition to the preserved original works of the 1920s, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson have also prepared an installation specially for this exhibition, that enables lost film material to be resurrected. The exhibition, which runs until April 2015, is curated by Amy Murphy and Michael Maltzan.