German Expressionism
The era of German Expressionism stood out due to its films' very distinct use of mise-en-scène. Films made during this era were created to have the appearance of “graphic art”. It was commonplace for each individual frame to possess an artful composition. The intention was for each frame to direct the viewers’ attention to one particular element present in that moment of time. With the elements of typical German Expressionism in play, the films belonging to this era, such as "Metropolis" and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" offer a stimulating cinematic experience to audiences.
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