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WARNING SHADOWS
(SCHATTEN – EINE NÄCHTLICHE HALLUZINATION)
(SHADOWS – A NOCTURNAL HALLUCINATION)
Dir. Arthur Robinson, 1923.
Germany. 85 min.
Silent

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 – 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 – 5 PM

Arthur Robinson’s wordless meditation on jealousy and revenge pits the overzealous fantasies of “man” against “woman’s” flirtations and his friends’ distinct lack of boundaries. On the sidelines of their dinner party a lecherous servant attempts to woo an avaricious maid while the night’s band looks apprehensively on. A traveling entertainer interrupts their increasingly tense gathering for an shadow play warning of the consequences of unchecked emotions and frivolous teases. One of the primary artifacts of Weimar expressionism along with Caligari and Metropolis, Warning Shadows is less expansive in its story but just as striking in its vision.

After a 20 year hiatus, new films are finally entering the public domain. Come celebrate our newly accessible cultural heritage as we screen some of the best of 1923…