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Warning Shadows

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Celebrated for its outrageous visual style and controversial lack of intertitles, Arthur Robison’s classic tale of psychological horror has long been considered a landmark of German Expressionist cinema.

Passions overtake reason and reality is not what it appears to be when a mysterious traveller and illusionist arrives to provide entertainment at an otherwise routine dinner party.

Shadows, reflections and silhouettes dominate each frame in the formidable camerawork of Fritz Arno Wagner, a cinematographer renowned for his work with Fritz Lang. 

“Its supreme value as an example of unity of purpose, of time, of place, of theme, cannot be over-estimated” (Paul Rotha)