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The Phantom Carriage

Victor Sjöström, 1922. This scene of Sjöström breaking down the door with an axe was clearly paid homage to in Kubrick’s “The Shining”. Whether it’s the similarity of Dr. Caligari to Penguin in “Batman Returns”, or “Goodfellas” gunshot at the camera à la “The Great Train Robbery”, almost every early film I’ve watched has revealed its influence. The use of light to create such gloomy shadows contributes to this legitimately scary and beautifully photographed film.


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