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Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The ( Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Das ) (1920) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

637

Avg. Rating:

3.07/4

# of Ratings:

92

Genres:

Drama, Horror

Rating:

NR

Language:

German

Theater Date:

02/26/1920

Director:

Robert Wiene

Actors:

Werner Krauss
Conrad Veidt
Friedrich Feher
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Rudolf Lettinger

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist predict deadly things. -- Gabe

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sapien 11/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

I got a little lost in Act 5 due all the reading of cursive writing the watcher must do (it is, afterall, a silent movie!). But, the last act was pretty good.

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Chris Kavan 01/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Although the version I saw didn't have the best music or title cards, the film itself was very good. Horror has its roots here with the set design and makeup being very distinct. Plus, this may be the first example of a twist ending. All-around, a must see for anyone interested in early film and early horror.

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Daniel Corleone 01/13/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) and his faithful sleepwalking Cesare (Conrad Veidt) have committed murders. Francis (Friedrich Fehér), and his friend Alan (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) visits a carnival where they witness Caligari. Caligari kidnaps Jane (Lil Dagover). The score was wonderful and make-up ahead of its time. It was the this film that influenced Edward Scissorhands (in which Caligari was used for Edward's physical appearance), Shutter Island and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari could have been, if not the first, to introduce the horror genre with a nice twist in the end if only the method of its story telling would have been better.

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mitchellyoung 08/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Despite its age, this film is still deeply disturbing with its angular set design and creepy makeup. The horror stems more from the psychological elements of the plot, also, making it that much more effective.

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CJP 10/20/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Action: 3/3 + Comedy: 0/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 1/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 8/10 or 80%. This German silent film was so ground breaking and shocking that it ran successfully in theaters for 7 years (1919-1926) and is considered by many to be the first horror film. It has a twist ending along with the traumatic play on psychological ethics that enable it to remian inspirational and a reference to countless modern horror pieces. A number of dubbed versions exist, as well as a computer generated remake by director David Lee Fisher, which all should avoid at any cost- stick to the original silent!

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10/26/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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youtube link: Robert Wiene - The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari 8engl. subt.). Kurz vor Halloween sei der Frage erlaubt, welches der allererste Horrorfilm war? - Das erste, worüber jeder spricht, der Caligari gesehen hat, ist die Optik des Films. Die schiefen Wände und Fenster, die wahnsinnigen Diagonalen der Treppen und die Bäume, deren Blätter wirken als seien es Messer. Bis dato versuchte die Kamera stets, die Realität abzubilden. Caligari setzt sich davon ab und ist (bis heute!) anders! Sicher, die Bauten in Caligari waren billiger als echte Requisiten. Ich bezweifle aber, dass Kostensenkung der mutmassliche Grund gewesen war, weshalb Regisseur Robert Wiene sich für die Caligari Ästhetik entschied. Immer handelten seinen Filme von Wahnsinn und Mord. Nie gingen wir davon aus, dass seine Figur...

 

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