Monday, March 14, 2016


Callooh, callay!  Expressionism in the Cinema has now hit the streets!  This comprehensive collection contains fifteen essays about a wide array of Expressionist films, including my own 9,100-word essay entitled “Here Among the Dead:  The Phantom Carriage and the Cinema of the Occulted Taboo.”  Recently, I was invited to present this paper at the 2016 ACLA Conference at Harvard.  Alas, I won’t be able to make the conference, but my friend and colleague Gary D. Rhodes (co-editor of Expressionism in the Cinema) has agreed to present the paper in my place.  A thousand thanks to Gary for picking up the slack and offering to be my simulacrum in Cambridge for an evening.

Gary, in collaboration with Olaf Brill, spearheaded this anthology to publication, and did a tremendous job of choosing a diverse group of articles that spotlight over a dozen neglected Expressionist films from all over the globe.  Not only are classic German Expressionist films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari represented, but also far more obscure offerings like Károly Lajthay’s Drakula halala (a lost, pre-Nosferatu adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Robert Wiene’s Genuine, A Tale of a Vampire… and, of course, Victor Sjöström’s 1921 metaphysical extravaganza, The Phantom Carriage.  If you’re at all interested in this quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, you can order it right HERE.

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