Benjamin Christensen's Häxan was part documentary and part fantasy—and considered too disturbing for public viewing.
“Someone should have told Buster that it is difficult to derive laughter from the sight of men being killed in battle.”
In “trick films,” women were shown literally exploding over kitchen accidents—the early 1900s way of mining humor out of human tragedies.
German expressionism--imported to Hollywood by Jewish exiles--brought a lasting tradition of shadows, duality, and mirroring to mainstream American cinema.
Originally produced as an exploitation film that drew on racial stereotypes, the ironic revival of Reefer Madness made it a cult classic for stoners.