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One of the Greatest Films Ever Made
This is one of the greatest films ever made, and one of the very first films to treat the new medium as a serious art form. It is as vital today, as it was when first released, more or less, a century ago. It draws the viewer in, despite the fact that it is a tale told by an idiot. If you've never seen it before, take it seriously, shut off the phone, go to the bathroom, have some drinks and snacks at hand, darken the room, make sure you're not going to be interrupted, give it your full attention, and be prepared to be drawn into a different world. A Great Film.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The landmark film that began the German Expressionist movement. A man recounts the story of how Krauss' title character used Veidt's somnambulist slave to carry out a series of murders. Director Wiene rely's heavily on theatrical devices, the story is stiff, but the exaggerated, obviously-painted sets makes the visual style unique and nightmarish. This early entry in the horror genre is an unforgettable experience that focus' on dual personalities. I give it a 4.5/5.
The First Slasher Movie
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is sometimes considered the first true horror movie. That's not true. This movie isn't bad at all, it's great but it's not the first horror film. The 1910 Frankenstein was banned because it was too scary. That never happened to this movie. Everyone thinks Psycho is the first slasher movie. But everyone's wrong. it's the first sound slasher movie. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is actually the first slasher movie. Name another silent movie that has someone going around with a knife killing people. There isn't. These German silent films are some of the creepiest films ever made. That made them scare people then and still scare people today. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is also the first major example of German Expressionism, where twisted architecture and painted shadows try to create a dream-like atmosphere. Another reason this film was successful was the sets. Everything's always irregularly shaped, it was always mistaken for cubism, windows are anything but square, it creates a haunting atmosphere and makes the film attractive. This is a great early horror film.
- Dan Grissom
How many other films from 1919 are still being talked about today? I can't think of any. This movie is like a nightmare and you can tell how it influenced James Whales' 'Frankenstein' 12 years later. Yes, it is silent, but it's just so creepy it is a must see for any serious horror film fan. Four stars.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- Mark Sutch
Into the Mind
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is an intense look into the paranoia and mind of man. I remember having to watch this film in a college film class and it blew me away. the set designs are dream-like and the movie itself lends something to the imagination. highly visual and eerily stimulating, Cabinet offers an in-depth reality...or is it reality? How can one know where truth ends and fantasy begins?