The “story of the London fog” is no whodunit, the mystery is really a MacGuffin to be solved off-screen. No, Das Ewig Weibliche Zieht Uns Hinan is the theme, beauty protected and destroyed, shot fittingly with a Germanic eye for Murnau and Lang. A world of shadows and staircases and manacles, where death arrives at a debutante’s ball via the flip of a light switch. Yet how dreary “normalcy” is, how strongly the fear of the unknown goes together with the yearning to step into the beast’s lair.
Fernando F. Croce
September 25, 2010