Two Danish Innovators

Musical accompaniment by Ben Model

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Includes the following films:

  • The Mysterious X

    1914. Denmark. Directed by Benjamin Christensen. With Christensen, Karen Sandberg, Otto Reinwald. Silent, without intertitles. Approx. 60 min.

  • The Student of Prague

    1913. Germany. Directed by Stellan Rye. With Paul Wegener, Fritz Weidemann, John Gottowt, Lida Salmonova. Silent. Approx. 58 min.

When Stellan Rye (1880–1914) was killed fighting for the Kaiser in World War I, the world of cinema lost one of its most promising talents. The director of sixteen films in the two years before his death, Rye had a clear impact on the development of German Expressionism with his landmark film The Student of Prague. Benjamin Christensen (1879–1959) began his career with The Mysterious X, a sophisticated spy drama in a stunningly original visual style that would heavily influence the great Expressionist directors of the 1920s. He would go on to make the landmark Häxan (Witchcraft through the Ages) before a brief tenure in Hollywood.

In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film

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