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Cave of the Spider Women

1927

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  • The action involves magical spirits and mystical transformations, and Dan invents a visual tone of troubling wonder to match. He conjures the metaphysical world with simple yet ingenious special effects and mercurial choreography, while also embracing artistic tradition in images that are reminiscent of classic Chinese landscape paintings.

  • The surprise is that [the film's] treatment of folkloric material is hardly stately or atmospheric at all, not the way Murnau's Faust took darkness and light so seriously, or the way Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen settled into a formal pageant. On the contrary, the film's style is downright rambunctious, closer to Georges Méliès and the way that cinema, quite apart from bringing cultural urtexts reverently to life, is a chance to play dress-up and have fun with how simple cuts can be magic tricks.