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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Directed by Robert Wiene
Germany, 1920
Silent, Horror, Fantasy


Routinely cited as one of the greatest films ever made, this classic of German Expressionism presents an abstract plunge into insanity, with a sinister tale of psychosis and murder, set in a warped Gothic landscape of disorienting angles and jarring contrasts of light, shadow, and substance.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Directed by Robert Wiene
One of the pinnacles of Expressionist art and essential viewing in any version. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI looks and feels like a nightmare: the imagery is striking and seems symbolic even when it isn’t; the plot follows a bizarre-yet-consistent logic.
July 15, 2016
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THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI is the definitive German Expressionist film, one in which all the elements of the mise-en-scene (lighting, set design, costume design, makeup, props, the movement of figures within the frame, etc.) have been deliberately distorted and exaggerated for expressive purposes.
July 10, 2015
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What if film could project what was inside of us: our emotions, fantasies and fears? This was the breakthrough of Caligari, carrying the larger movement of German Expressionism into the cinematic realm, while unleashing a new strain of filmmaking with an intensely subjective power not seen before: the horror movie.
November 01, 2014
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