Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

A young man retells the story of a horrible traveling carnival attraction and its owner, the nefarious Dr. Caligari, who uses the sleepwalker from his act to commit a series of murders throughout the German township of Holstenwall. CALIGARI is an incredible visual experience that rose out of the Expressionist movement in post-World War I Germany. Drawing from the art movement of the same name, the set designs and backdrops are riddled with awkward, uneven lines that protrude at acute angles and in twisted forms. This creates an unnerving and nightmarish world in which the characters dwell. The artful framing and dissolves are shrouded in a dark fog that further enhances the dream like quality of the picture. Each of the actors create striking characters through their exaggerated performances, the most memorable of which has to be Conrad Veidt's ghastly portrayal of Cesare, the sinuous and frightening somnambulist. The brilliantly scripted reveal following Francis' framed story delivery of the plot introduces an unexpected twist in a chilling grand finale. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI is regarded as one of the finest achievements in the genre, and currently ranks within the Top Ten Horror Films of all time on The Internet Movie Database.

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2 comments:

  1. Overrated. Coulda used more gore.

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  2. Ive always been a fan of Expressionist painting, so this one really impressed me after FINALLY seeing it

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