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This milestone film, known for its expressionistic sets and techniques, tells the strange tale of a sleepwalker under the spell of the mysterious and evil Dr. Caligari.
A milestone of the silent film era and one of the first "art films" to gain international acclaim, this eerie German classic from 1919 remains the most prominent example of German expressionism in the emerging art of the cinema. Stylistically, the look of the film's painted sets--distorted perspectives, sharp angles, twisted architecture--was designed to reflect (or express) the splintered psychology of its title character, a sinister figure who uses a lanky somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) as a circus attraction. But when Caligari and his sleepwalker are suspected of murder, their novelty act is surrounded by more supernatural implications. With its mad-doctor scenario, striking visuals, and a haunting, zombie-like character at its center, Caligari was one of the first horror films to reach an international audience, sending shock waves through artistic circles and serving as a strong influence on the classic horror films of the 1920s, '30s, and beyond. It's a museum piece today, of interest more for its historical importance, but Caligari still casts a considerable spell. --Jeff Shannon
Horrible print. The sequences were largely unwatchable by any standard. I believe the title cards were okay. I would not recommend this version.Published 16 months ago by Barry Dylan Morgan
The silent film is one of horror's classics. I really enjoyed the atmosphere but prefer Nosferatu as the best one. Read morePublished on June 2 2011 by freemind12
Two men are sitting on a cement bench by the garden wall. One casually says there are evil spirits all around. Read morePublished on July 1 2007 by bernie
The story is told in a very simplistic manner and the pace is sluggish. The hammy, melodramatic acting really dates the film and causes what was once a horror film to seem... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2004 by Jonathon Allsopp
It has been rumored for years that when the producers set out to make The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari they intended to end the film with Caligari getting captured and no framing story. Read morePublished on July 1 2004
The cabinet was one of the most remarkable films of the german expressionism.
The bitter gaze about a hollow-eyed sleepwalker (Cesare) who commits murders underthe influence... Read more
I am a very ticked off customer... This is an excellent movie indeed, and I'll let the other reviews speak for themselves in that respect. My question is... Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by California Marmot
I just saw Caligari. I thoroughly recommend it!
Timothy Brock's score is the best score for a silent movie i've heard so far! Read more