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114 Ratings


Das Wachsfigurenkabinett

Directed by Paul Leni, Leo Birinsky
Germany, 1924
Fantasy, Horror, Silent


A poet is hired by the owner of a wax museum in a circus to write tales about Harun al Raschid, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper. While writing, the poet and the daughter of the owner, Eva, fantasize the fantastic stories and fall in love for each other.

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Waxworks Directed by Paul Leni, Leo Birinsky

Critics reviews

Leni’s flourishes of style here veer into virtually experimental film style in his madly proliferating double exposures and increasingly formless sense of space, used to evoke the complete inward spiral of the psyche towards an ultimate confrontation with that dark character within. Here too is kinship with the lawless effects of filmmakers as diverse as Kenneth Anger, David Lynch, and Maya Deren.
January 22, 2017
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This anthology film brings three mystical-horror shorts together in an Expressionist frenzy that is unfairly overlooked when discussing classic films of that movement.
July 09, 2015
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