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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
"The weird pleasure the Germans take in evoking horror can perhaps be ascribed to the excessive and very Germanic desire to submit to discipline, together with a certain proneness to Sadism. In 'Dichtung und Wahrheit' Goethe deplores the 'unfortunate pedagogical principle which tends to free children early in life from their fear of mystery and the invisible by accustoming them to terrifying spectacles'." This insight into the 'sublimity' of the German soul is put forward by Lotte Eisner, the famous film historian, in her epochal work on the German film of the 20’s, "The Haunted Screen". --Ingo Petzke 1992 via http://www.fh-wuerzburg.de/petzke/nosferatu.html [Oct 2005]
All of this combined make the early German cinema the natural birthplace of the horror film. --Tohill, Tombs (1994)

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