Wax Works (1922)

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NR
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Art House & International
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Critic Reviews for Wax Works

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February 25, 2007
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August 4, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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October 3, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Wax Works

[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][img]http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/cover_art1/waxworks-kino.jpg[/img][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from IMDB): The owner of a Waxmuseum needs for three of his models stories to be told to the audience. For that reason he has hired a writer, who after one look athe owner's pretty daughter, starts writing stories featuring the models, the daughter and himself.[/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [center][img]http://www.german-films.de/app/filmarchive/images/Wachsfigurenkabinett.jpg[/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]While at first this film succeeds in many elements, most in storytelling, it quickly begins to fade. The film focuses on three stories inside one main story. While all three are entertaining enough, none are excellent, and having three completely different stories really chops the film up as a whole. This is a film I don't really recommend to anyone that isn't already a big silent film fan. It is just too tedious. Emil Jannings is great, as he usually is, but his performance through only 1/3 of the film does not make it worth it overall. Waxworks is just average.[/size][/font]

Chris Weseloh
Chris Weseloh

There's some dispute as to whether this one belongs in the horror genre. I believe it is a loose fit, as the framing story is set among a display of wax figures in a carnival. There's something inherently creepy about wax figures, and I've come to the conclusion, based on The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, the various films of Tod Browning and the assorted works of Dean Koontz, that there's something altogether sinister about carnivals too. If you don't know the story, a writer is hired to write stories to accompany a series of wax figures. In each story, he casts himself and the sculptor's daughter as a couple. When the first figure's arm accidentally breaks off, he decides to write the story of how he might have lost that arm. Next, he writes of Ivan the terrible. The third and final story plays out as a dream after the writer falls asleep at his table. The stories feature the ironic twist endings that would later be popularized on The Twilight Zone. In the opening credits, Werner Krauss is credited as playing Jack The Ripper, but in the movie the characters always refer to him as Spring-heeled Jack. Spring-heeled Jack was a prankster of sorts who terrorized London from about 1834 till 1920. It is reported that he could leap as high as 30 feet straight up in the air. He is also said to have had orange glowing eyes, pointed ears and the ability to shoot fire from his mouth. So, Krauss definitely portrays Jack The Ripper. The discrepancy with the names must be confusion on the part of the Germans. An entertaining film which seems to be most famous for inspiring Douglas Fairbanks to create The Thief Of Bagdad.

Paul Savell
Paul Savell

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