Movie Review – Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett)

Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett) Germany (1924) Dir. Paul Leni Have you ever wandered through a museum or art display, looked at the exhibits, and ever pondered the stories behind them? There must be something exciting about their history to warrant public display in the first place that we don’t always know about. If not, why not … Continue reading Movie Review – Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett)

Varieté

Varieté (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 95 minutes approx. There is a very good reason why many German films rank highly in critics and fans “Best Ever” lists concerning Silent cinema - their innovation. It might be a small thing or a one off shot but you … Continue reading Varieté

The Last Command

The Last Command (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 88 minutes approx. It is ironic that the 2016 Oscars were overshadowed by accusations of racism and lack of diversity, yet the very first Oscars held back in the racially insensitive days of 1929 displayed anything but. Case in … Continue reading The Last Command

Madame DuBarry

Madame DuBarry (Cert PG) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 114 minutes approx. Ernst Lubitsch is a name synonymous with sophisticated comedies of 1930’s and 1940’s Hollywood which saw him directing the likes of Great Garbo, Maurice Chevalier, James Stewart and Carole Lombard. But in his native Germany he learned his craft flitting between … Continue reading Madame DuBarry

Faust

Faust (Cert PG) 3 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 107 minutes approx. If there is ever a caveat for an artist with an impressive body of work it is that some milestone works are often overlooked in favour of more popular or readily referenced ones. For celebrated German director F.W Murnau it is fair … Continue reading Faust

Tartuffe (Herr Tartüff)

Tartuffe (Herr Tartüff) Germany (1925) F.W. Murnau A rich old man (Hermann Picha) lives with his loyal but disingenuous housekeeper (Rosa Valetti) who convinces the old man to change his will and remove the inheritance he was due to leave to his sole living heir, his grandson (André Mattoni), for being an actor, and instead … Continue reading Tartuffe (Herr Tartüff)

The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel (Cert PG) 3 Discs DVD/Bluray Combo (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. In the small town of Weimar, Germany, esteemed educator Professor Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) discovers his male students are frequenting the local cabaret club, The Blue Angel, specifically for the exotic charms of singer Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich). Rath … Continue reading The Blue Angel

The Last Laugh (aka The Last Man / Der letzte Mann)

  The Last Laugh (aka The Last Man / Der letzte Mann) Germany (1924) Dir. F.W Murnau A veteran doorman at the prestigious Atlantic Hotel (Emil Jannings) takes huge pride in his work and his uniform, and is respected by co-workers, guests and his neighbourhood. Unfortunately the hotel manager (Hans Unterkircher) is not so deferential … Continue reading The Last Laugh (aka The Last Man / Der letzte Mann)