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Odyssey in Paper

Paper Cinema's Odyssey

Paper Cinema’s Odyssey

This article reviews Paper Cinema‘s Odyssey in 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival

Homer’s Odyssey has been retold in many times and in many ways but have you ever thought of presenting the story in black and white papers? That’s what Paper Cinema has done: staging the heroic journey of Odysseus in paper, and paper only.

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Nosferatu (1922) – A German Expressionism Classic

The Shadow of Nosferatu Climbing Up the Stairs to Ellen's Room

The Shadow of Nosferatu Climbing Up the Stairs to Ellen’s Room

I was never a film connoisseur but the scene in The Artist where Valentin lifted blankets in Peppy ‘s mansion and was shocked to learn it was Peppy who purchased his auctioned effects has left a deep impression in me. Against the backdrop of a flood of light from the door, Valentin cast a long shadow on every objects he found, in his horror, to have belonged to him, including his self – portrait and the three wise monkeys clock. This use of light, shadow and familiar objects, I later found out, is known as German Expressionism.

Nosferatu is a classic German Expressionist movie directed by F.W. Murnau in 1922. The film is created when the new Weimar Republic just survived the Kapp Putsch in 1920 that paralyzed Berlin and was waiting to see Hitler’s Munich Putsch in 1923. In this politically unstable period, conspiracies were rampant. It was no surprise that many horror films like Faust or Dr. Mabuse at the time featured an evil conspirator who contrived for domination.

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Faust (1926) – F. W. Murnau’s Last German Movie

Faust (1926) - F. W. Murnau, Emil Jannings

Faust (1926) is F. W. Murnau last German movie before he moved to Hollywood for good. It was made between the famous Nosferatu, the horror masterpiece that defines the genre, and Sunrise, the last masterpiece of the silent era. It is a loose adaptation of Goethe’s play, which is also based on several variation of this classic German folklore about a man signing off his soul to the devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and earthly pleasure in his lifetime.
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Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987)

Self-Portrait 1986Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen 203.2 x 193 cm

Self-Portrait 1986
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen 203.2 x 193 cm

‘If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.’ (Quoted in Free Press (Los Angeles), 17 Mar. 1967)

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