Video Review: Waxworks (1924)

We’re heading back to Germany with something that often gets described as a carnival nightmare. I’m not sure if I would go so far but it is marvelously creepy and stylish. Paul Leni (The Cat and the Canary) designed and directed this beautiful film, which takes place in a wax museum. Future Hollywood director Wilhelm (William) Dieterle is the leading man, a writer who must come up with creepy tales for the exhibit. Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss and Emil Jannings play the wax men.

You can also read my print review here.

Enjoy! (And brrrr!)

Resources:

Waxworks (1924)

Eisenstein: The Sound Years (Ivan the Terrible Parts 1 & 2 / Alexander Nevsky)

From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film (Princeton Classic Editions) by Siegfried Kracauer

4 Replies to “Video Review: Waxworks (1924)”

  1. Fritzi, for one thing, I very much like your voice in your commentary! Next, I couldn’t take my eyes off the stunning film and its art direction and memorable. I’m not surprised that Walt Disney was among William) Dieterle’s inspirations. BRAVA to your superb post! 😀

    1. Aww, thank you so much! Yes, WAXWORKS is just so gorgeous, there is more to see every time.

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