Friday, October 19, 2007

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German Expressionist film told as a flashback. It stars Werner Krauss (Waxworks, The Student of Prague) and Conrad Veidt (Casablanca). I have liked the German Expressionist films I have seen so far: The Golem and Nosferatu.

Dr. Caligari exhibits Cesare the Somnambulist at a carnival where Cesare foretells the death of a young man who is then found murdered the next morning.

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Moria says it
is one of, if not the, most influential of all silent films. It was a huge artistic success in its time. Its impact on early fantastic cinema is immeasurable
Weird Wild Realm says,
This film had a profound influence on Hollywood cinema at least to the end of the film noir era. The influence has never entirely faded, right down to the present hour.
1000 Misspent Hours calls it "the most important horror movie of all time." Roger Ebert includes it in his list of great movies.

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