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Flesh, Death and the Devil

Benjamin Christensen: <EM>The Devil’s Circus</EM>, 1926. Silent. USADirection and screenplay: Benjamin ChristensenCast: Norma Shearer, Charles Emmett Mack, Carmel Myers
Benjamin Christensen: The Devil's Circus, 1926. Silent. USA
Direction and screenplay: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Norma Shearer, Charles Emmett Mack, Carmel Myers
Flesh, Death and the Devil
PARIS  •  Musée d'Orsay: Auditorium  •  Ongoing
Flesh, Death and the Devil: Film Series

Three Nordic film directors: Sjöström, Christensen and Stiller

To complement the exhibition The Angel of the Odd, the Musée d'Orsay is organising a festival of the masters of Scandinavian silent films: Victor Sjöström (1879-1960), Mauritz Stiller (1883-1928) and Benjamin Christensen (1879-1959), to be screened in the nave. These films highlight the legends, fantasy and melodrama in their work.

A whole new area of fantasy cinema was invented in these films through the representation of ghosts, demons, and even the Devil himself. Their formal qualities also helped create the supernatural atmosphere: the contrast between light and shade plays a central role along with the use of double exposure to evoke spirits, spectres or hallucinations. Melodrama tips over into a form of dream world, a madness, or a darkness reminiscent of the Gothic novel.

Through their visual artistry, their feeling for the supernatural and their fascination with the elements of nature, these three directors continue the rich tradition of Nordic imagery, pictorial and yet inspired by literature, in particular by the works of Selma Lagerlöf, Henrik Ibsen and Herman Bang.

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