"The Cat and the Canary" (1927) by Paul Leni Silent Cinema Detective Film

"The Cat and the Canary" (1927) by Paul Leni

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Manuel Rodríguez Rivero
The Cat and the Canary (1927, USA) by Paul Leni (75’)
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Based on a stage play by John Willard, it is set in an old, dark house, the scene for a meeting between various potential heirs who hope to benefit from the legacy of its deceased owner, in a film combining intrigue and comic situations, with certain grotesque touches.

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  1. Manuel Rodríguez RiveroManuel Rodríguez Rivero

    Editor, escritor y comentarista cultural. Ha ejercido responsabilidades editoriales en los sellos Cuadernos para el Diálogo, Alfaguara, Espasa Calpe y Punto de Lectura, entre otros. Asesor en diversas instituciones (Ministerio de Cultura, Residencia de Estudiantes). Profesor de edición literaria en diversos talleres y másteres. Ha sido coordinador de la sección de estudios culturales en Revista de Libros.

    Ha recibido los premios Bibliodiversidad del Gremio de Editores de Madrid y el Atlàntida al mejor articulista del Gremi d´Editors de Catalunya. En 2018 la Unión de Editoriales Universitarias Españolas (UNE) le concedió el Premio Nacional a la Promoción de la Edición Universitaria.

    Desde hace más de diez años colabora semanalmente en el suplemento cultural "Babelia" del diario El País con su columna "Sillón de Orejas".

Premiered in 1927, at a time when silent cinema had already reached a splendid maturity, The Cat and the Canary (“El legado tenebroso”) is one of the first samples of a genre that would make fortune along the following decade: the horror comedy with haunted houses and ghosts. Its director Paul Leni, one of the fundamental figures in the German expressionist cinema, had arrived to Hollywood that same year, hired by Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Studios. The movie is focused around the inheritance of the eccentric millionaire Cyrus West, and is inspired on the homonymous comedy by John Willard that had obtained a great success in Broadway the years before.