Films By Bette Gordon

In 1925 two German films in particular had immediate and widespread influence on motion picture technique: Variety, which showed that the camera could be put to outstanding uses, and The Last Laugh, which emphasized fluidity and eliminated captions. Both starred Emil Jannings and both brought a closer realism to the screen. ... The story of Variety is simple. A fairground showman leaves his wife f... Read more
The film reverses the roles of and conventions of traditional cinema by confronting representations of sexuality and male/female desire directly, while not abandoning the pleasure(s) of narrative inherent in these conventions. ... Read more
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