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Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler
(Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler)
(Fritz Lang; 1922)

Gold Diggers of 1935
(Busby Berkeley; 1935)


Vanwall said...

This is so cool - nice pairing! Was it swiped or just parallel evolution?

Tom Sutpen said...

It's hard to tell for sure. The idealist in me wants to say it's parallel evolution; part of the natural development of a more sophisticated, yet common, cinematic language (which, I think, is what this series implies). But there are an awful lot of Germanic echoes throughout Berkeley's Lullaby of Broadway sequence. It's possible he was influenced by Lang, I suppose. Unfortunately, Berkeley rarely strayed beyond showbiz platitudes in interviews and, best of my knowledge, never spoke with any specificity of his cinematic tastes.

I guess it's an open question.