WARNING SHADOWS (Eine nachtliche Halluzination) (1923):
Schatten - Eine nächtliche Halluzination ("Shadows - a Nocturnal Hallucination", also known in English as Warning Shadows) is a 1923 German silent film directed by Arthur Robison. It is considered part of German Expressionism. German expressionist cinema was at its height in the 1920s, and few films embodied the movement as much as Warning Shadows. Directed by Arthur Robison, this classic tale of psychological horror remains his best known work, celebrated for its outrageous visual style and notorious for its attempt to make a purely visual feature film - in other words, a film with no intertitles (except, of course, the opening credits). A mysterious traveler and illusionist who performs shadow puppetry arrives to provide some entertainment at an otherwise routine dinner party. The host of the party is already mad with jealousy over the presence of his wife's four suitors, but when the puppet show begins, passions overtake reason and reality is not what it appears to be. Shadows, reflections and silhouettes are the dominant imagery, and the film boasts the extraordinary camerawork of Fritz Arno Wagner, the German cinematographer who is renowned for his work with Fritz Lang (Spies, M) and F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu).
DVD-R is silent and has no intertitles (as originally shown). Approx. 86 mins. See sample for video and audio quality!
MAN HUNT (1941):
The opening scenes show British professional big game hunter, Captain Alan Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) in the forests near the Berghof, Adolf Hitler's home in the Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden. Getting Hitler in his telescopic sight, he pulls the trigger on an empty weapon and gives a wave. He ponders a moment then inserts a live round in the chamber, but is discovered at the last second by SS guards. Beaten by the SS, Thorndike is taken to the commander of Hitler's security, (George Sanders). Sanders is also a professional hunter and aware of Thorndike's fame, particularly in Kenya. Thorndike explains that the purpose of the exercise was a "sporting stalk" not to kill, but just to see if assassinating Hitler could be done as the excitement is in the chase, not the kill. Knowing but despising the character of a sporting English gentleman, the sophisticated Sanders half believes him; but tries to get him to sign a confession saying that he was to assassinate Hitler or behalf of His Majesty's Government. Despite torture, Thorndike refuses and warns Sanders of "questions being asked in high places". The word "high places" gives Sanders the idea to throw Thorndike off a cliff to make his death look like an accident. Thorndike survives the fall by landing in a tree, then mud where he escapes his German pursuers.
In English with no subtitles. Approx. 105 mins. See sample for audio and video quality!