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Historical Movie Night: “Die Pest in Florenz”

September 16 @ 7:00 pm

Phi Alpha Theta presents
A Special Encore Historical Movie Night Presentation
Die Pest in Florenz (1919)

Live in person in Henderson 112 (mask required) OR by Zoom: https://washburn.zoom.us/j/99080753410?pwd=OHlJMFYzeHJqZVdKaWhCdXNLdWxnQT09

Meeting ID: 990 8075 3410 Passcode: 560190

Weimar Germany, 1919. Over the course of the previous year, an estimated 426,000 Germans died in the flu pandemic; this came atop some two million Germans killed over the course of the just-finished world war, which the nation had lost. So, amid the rubble and ruin, as the German film industry began to rebuild, what better subject could there be for a big-budget, hordes-of-extras, massive-set film epic than the coming of the Black Death to Florence in 1348?

The silent film Die Pest in Florenz, directed by Otto Rippert from a screenplay by Fritz Lang (who would go on to make a name for himself as director of such works as Metropolis) loosely (very loosely) adapts Edgar Allen Poe’s plague tale “The Mask of Red Death,” refashioning the arrival of the plague as a medieval morality tale with, really, no moral at all but that death comes for us all. The spectacular film features amazingly advanced cinematography (by Willy Hameister, who also manned the cameras for Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), fantastic sets by Franz Jaffe (who, when not doing movie sets, served as architect for Prussian royal palaces), orgiastic scenes of excess, wild features like a lurid trip to hell, and a haunting dancing skeleton as Death herself.

Following our own pandemic custom, Matt Nyquist (Mass Media) and Tom Prasch (History) will talk over the film, Mystery Science Theater-style, doing our schtick for the first time live and in person (or you can Zoom in instead).

Details

Date:
September 16
Time:
7:00 pm