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Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari (1920)

Director:
Robert Wiene
ENGLISH TITLE
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dr. Caligaris kabinett
COUNTRY
Germany
Genre
Horror/Thriller/Silent
RUNNING TIME
69 minutes
Producer:
Erich Pommer
Screenwriter:
Carl Mayer
Hans Janowitz


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Caligari Werner Krauss
Cesare Conrad Veidt
Francis Friedrich Feher
Jane Lil Dagover
Alan Hans Heinz von Twardowski
Dr. Olson Rudolf Lettinger
A Criminal Rudolf Klein-Rogge

 

Review

The hypnotic sets and goulish make-up in this classic suck you in to an enticing universe of deceit and psychological mysticism, centered around an enigmatic doctor and his young somnambulist patient, ostensibly capable of supernatural things, whom he shows off at a local fair. The film is notable for its groundbreaking visuals, mainly through the distorted, dreamlike stage sets. Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari was not the first film in the German Expressionism movement to deploy these stylistics, but it was arguably the most distinct example of it, even drawing inspiration from cubism. And coupled with the eerie plot and acting (particularly Werner Krauss as the doctor), director Robert Wiene created what has later been dubbed the first proper horror movie, complete with the first ever twist ending on film. Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari has stood the test of time quite well, despite not being as brilliantly directed and told as for instance the magnum opus of Weimar Expressionism, Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

Rereview: Copyright 15.02.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
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.5.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang