The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

5 out of 5 stars
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made. The story is a classic sampling of expressionist paranoia about a hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to do his murders, full of the gloom and fear that prevailed in Germany as it emerged from WWI. There are plenty of extremely boring sociological/critical accounts of the film; best to avoid them and enjoy the film's extraordinary use of painted light and Veidt's marvellous performance. Incidentally, the influence of Caligari on the cinema is much more problematic than some historians suppose. Thematically it has rarely been copied, and the style only really infiltrated in dream sequences and other odd devices.

Release details

Release date:
Friday August 29 2014
67 mins

Cast and crew

Robert Wiene
Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz
Werner Krauss
Conrad Veidt
Lil Dagover
Friedrich Feher
Hans Heinz von Twardowski
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