Visit London Blog » archive film http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Silent film: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/04/silent-film-the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari-2/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/04/silent-film-the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari-2/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:21:27 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=8698

Murder, mysticism and eerie music – the screening of 1920s silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari at Greenwich Picturehouse on Wednesday night had it all.

The live rescore came courtesy of music maestros Minima. I had expected a tinkling piano, so was delighted by their electrifying mix of drums, base, cello and guitar.

Celebrated as a classic of German expressionist cinema, the film makes good use of menacing shadows, agitated characters and bulging eyes ringed in thick make-up – even for the men!

The strange story centres around the sinister Dr Caligari who tours fairgrounds with his ‘exhibit’, a hypnotised sleepwalker called Cesare who “knows the past and can see into the future”.

Alternately hilarious and mystifying, I found the film a fascinating change from today’s slick flicks, with its slow-building story, flimsy stage sets and descriptive title cards.

Minima’s score was fantastic. I loved the exotic African-style drumming that accompanied Dr Caligari’s fairground show, the slightly sleazy background music for a bachelor pad and the well-timed drum beat that made me (and half the audience) jump out of our seats!

Minima are sadly coming to the end of their performances of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, but they have one more show in London at The Prince Charles Cinema on 18 May. You can also keep an eye out for more Minima performances on their website.

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Video of the Week: Colour on the Thames http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/04/video-of-the-week-colour-of-the-thames/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/04/video-of-the-week-colour-of-the-thames/#comments Sat, 03 Apr 2010 13:00:02 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=7812

Take a trip back in time in London, to when colour film was pretty exciting!

As Sonia Genaitay explains:

This film is tricky to describe: is it a boat study, a film-poem, an experiment, a picture postcard? One thing is certain: it’s a rare colour snapshot of the Thames and London in the 1930s – and it looks quite magical.

Colour film was still a novelty for audiences in 1935, and the photography (using the new Gasparcolor system) succeeds in accentuating the sharp contrast between the vivid green banks of the countryside and the drab tones of the industrial landscape.

Look out for the fantastic old images of Tower Bridge and Docklands: beyond that, we hardly recognised any other landmarks, particularly as it goes further down river and “out to sea”. Could you spot any more familiar areas of the Thames?

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