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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)

Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, more...
Director: Robert Wiene
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Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Classics, Horror, Silent, Classic Horror, Classic Horror, Mad Science, Silent Horror, Mad Science, Silent Horror
Running Time: 76 min.
Subtitles: English
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In one of the most influential films of the silent era, Werner Krauss plays the title character, a sinister hypnotist who travels the carnival circuit displaying a somnambulist named Cesare (Conrad Veidt). In one tiny German town, a series of murders coincides with Caligari's visit. When the best friend of hero Francis (Friedrich Feher) is killed, the deed seems to be the outgrowth of a romantic rivalry over the hand of the lovely Jane (Lil Dagover). Francis suspects Caligari, but he is ignored by the police. Investigating on his own, Francis seemingly discovers that Caligari has been ordering the somnambulist to commit the murders, but the story eventually takes a more surprising direction. Caligari's Expressionist style ultimately led to the dark shadows and sharp angles of the film noir urban crime dramas of the 1940s, many of which were directed by such German émigrés as Billy Wilder and Robert Siodmak. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Dr. Caligari & His Unelected Cabinet by UnpaidCritic October 13, 2007 - 5:18 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The biggest impression this film leaves on me is one if disorientation, of being inside a cubist painting. Everything is asymetrical. But it's the torrent of new ideas in 1919 Germany that comes across more vividly than the stock plot and the hammy acting. Worth your time if you don't mind silent, meaningful looks and Tragedy palyed Tragically.

Great for the Video Campfire by LBryant May 1, 2002 - 1:58 PM PDT
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Did you ever sit around a fire seeing who could tell the scariest stories? It's the only thing I liked about camping. Now that I'm old enough to Just Say No to smelly outhouses and sleeping on the ground I'm a lot happier, but I still need stories like this one. This German Expressionist painting come to life sets the parameters for anything starring the likes of Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price. Well worth your time.

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