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The hell I went trough while working on this art doll; I couldn't deal with this magnificent bastard for almost four months. Thank God to my unyielding dedication to this silent era actor, otherwise I'm not sure I would have finished this piece.
Rudolf Klein-Rogge (24 November 1885/88 – 29 May 1955
), Fritz Lang's main stay when it came to villains, famous for his roles in Dr Mabuse, Der Mude tod, Nibelungen, Spione, Metropolis, Das Testament des Dr Mabuse
and many others.
I'm not quite sure why I've been captivated by the acting skills and looks of this particular actor. Considering that silent cinema is somewhat out of fashion (huh, obviously xd) it's rather odd choice for the 'favourite actor' section. I'm not sure whether it is due to his unique yet charismatic physiognomy, acting skills, archetype villain status or something else. I wouldn't call him handsome in a way it has been perceived through centuries, that is, due to the symmetry of the face since this man's face was slightly asymmetric, making it a pain to draw or sculpt x___x I believe he belongs to a different type of handsome category, where the therm 'uncanny' hits the roof pretty painfully. But damn, I can't think of him any different as handsome. There's something that can take you aback at first while looking at him, but then again, after you finish watching any film with him, you cannot take his image out of your head. He's definitely a type of an actor you cannot simply ignore; he invokes emotions, and very strong ones at that. I remember the first film I saw with Rudi was Metropolis
some 4 or 5 years ago. It's interesting, but every time I watch any film with Rudi (and most of the old films), although I saw most of them at least a few times each, it's as if I saw him on the screen for the first time. I guess it's how you distinguish great films/actors. But enough of my rumblings; I just can't figure out the uniqueness of this man. 42 cm tall. The head, hands and feet are made out of paper mache, painted with acrylics, glazed. The body is soft, button jointed. All patterns were from an old German book, slightly modified. Shirt is made out of cotton, tie is 100% silk, the suit is 47% wool, (trousers have creases), shoes are made out of genuine leather with soles out of industrial felt.
I dedicate this piece to the great acting skills of Rudolf Klein-Rogge and the directing genius of Fritz Lang without whom I wouldn't treat cinema as such a serious business as far as dedicating my entire MA thesis to the villains of the Weimar films.