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The Antoni Gaudí-like décor of Paul Leni's Waxworks (Wachsfigurenkabinett, 1924).

The Antoni Gaudí-like décor of Paul Leni's Waxworks (Wachsfigurenkabinett, 1924).

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Prerogative of what Jung calls visionary art, the aesthetics of German Expressionist cinema is “primarily expressive of the collective unconscious,” and – unlike the psychological art, whose goal is “to express the collective consciousness of a society” – they have succeeded not only to “ compensate their culture for its biases” by bringing “to the...

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... Morn to Midnight (Von Morgens bis Mitternacht, Karlheinz Martin, 1920), Caligari, and some episodes of The Hands of Orlac. The rounded shapes and irregular cavities of its exquisite, Antoni Gaudí-like décor force the sultan to drag his corpulent body in and out of Assad's strange abode, thus externalizing the challenges of the forbidden love. [Fig. 8.] Assad's tortuous movement through the maze of spiral passages, on the other hand, symbolizes the Poet's descent into the nurturing pits of the collective unconscious for it is there -according to the main theme in the visionary Part II of Faust -where "the Realm of the Mothers" is, and wherefrom "the creative process arises" 12 (van ...