28 November 2014

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
71 min.
Directed by Robert Wiene.
With Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Hans Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger.
This silent masterpiece is a classic example of German Expressionism, and one of the finest entries in the horror genre.

The mountain village of Holstenwall is plagued by a series of murders. Behind the horrible crimes are the creepy carnival magician Dr. Caligari (Krauss) and his undead sleepwalker Cesare (Veidt).

When a student named Francis and his friend come upon the evil doctor and his nefarious assistant at a local fair, a strange journey of surreal terror begins.

But are the horrors that Francis witnesses reality, or they merely his nightmarish imaginings? Watch it for yourself and see.

Stunning use of light & shadows, bizarre painted scenery, odd camera perspectives, and a shocking twist ending all highlight this early horror gem.

The excellent direction from Robert Wiene (Fritz Lang was originally approached to direct) merges perfectly with the memorable story provided by writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer.

Also known as Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari.

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