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Manuel Rodríguez Rivero

Presentation of The Cat and the Canary (1927) in the "Detective Film" cycle


An adaptation of the successful Broadway drama by the playwright John Willard, Manuel Rodríguez Rivero ranks the film as among the precursors to the mysterious or haunted house genre. Combining humour with elements from horror films and thrillers, the plot unfolds in an old, mysterious, rambling house with a family inheritance dispute. One of the most outstanding elements of Paul Leni’s direction are his set designs, accompanied by lighting based on chiaroscuro, as well as his expressive use of film editing, framing, point of view shots and moving cameras.

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