German Expressionism And The Types And Characteristics Of German Expressionism

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German expressionism was a movement starting before the First World War and reached a peak in 1920, Berlin and ended after 1920s. During this period, Germany who had lost in the First World War, was preparing for the Second World War and along that the grief, agony or anger the people felt built up. Moreover, ever since the loss in the First World War, Germany had been going through economic and political issues which influenced the society to focus more on expressing one’s emotions about the dreadful reality.
One of the methods used in this process is film. Film in Germany had especially developed during this period, mostly having a somber mood featuring anti-hero characters along with a sense of paranoia. Some believe that these filmmakers were full of disillusion towards the world around them, clearly explaining why films during this period have gloomy and messy styles.
Although the period of German expressionism had ended ever since 1920, it managed to later on influence some of the big Hollywood movies in the present.
As expressionism in Germany has been widely spread during the 1920s, especially through films, this paper would like to state on the reason for film being the main source for expressionism and the types and characteristics of German expressionism films during this time period.

2. The start of Expressionism

The original term, “Expressionism” was first in the 1901 by an obscure artist named Julien–Auguste Hervé. Although some suggest that this term was

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