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Waxworks (1924)

Waxworks (1924)

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In this rarely seen masterwork of the German Expressionist movement, a trilogy of terror is woven around the wax figures of a carnival show. An idealistic young poet (Wilhelm Dieterle, later to become a Hollywood director) is hired to write stories about the Chamber of Horrors' three most notorious figures: Jack the Ripper (Werner Krauss), Ivan the terrible (Conrad Veidt) and Haroun Al-Raschid (Emil Jannings). But as the uncanny tales flow from the poet's pen, he finds himself enveloped in the nightmare worlds of his own creation. One of the most innovative stylists of the German silent cinema, director Paul Leni (The Cat and the Canary, the Man Who Laughs) applied a variety of visual techniques to this ambitious anthology film, drawing from his years as a set designer under the great Max Reinhardt. From the fairy-tale Arabia of the Al-Raschid story (said to have inspired Douglas Fairbanks to make the Thief of Bagdad), to the dark and oppressive kingdom of Ivan the Terrible, to the whirling lights and swordlike shadows of the carnival through which Jack the Ripper stalks the protagonist, Leni managed to raise the techniques of German Expressionism to new conceptual heights.

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    Title: Waxworks (1924)
    Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
    Starring: William Dieterle, John Gottowt, Olga Belajeff, Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss
    Directors: Paul Leni, Leo Birinsky
    Attributes: Silent Movie
    Release Date: 9/24/2002
    Original Year: 1924
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: UNR
    Catalog #: 2562
    UPC: 738329025625
    Item #: KOV002562

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 9/24/2002
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 83 minutes
    Studio: Kino Video