The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Robert Wiene (1919)

51min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Like the great Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, this venerable silent classic changed the way movies were made and appreciated. Adapting techniques from the German theatrical style known as expressionism, it explores the world and mind of psychopathic fairground showman Dr Caligari, who arrives in a German town with Cesare, a man Caligari claims to have been asleep since birth. What follows is a twisted tale of murder, kidnap, madness and an ancient book, all told in flashback by a young man from a park bench. The use of lopsided sets, odd camera angles and general weirdness caused a sensation at the time, and still look amazing - hence the five stars. However, modern audiences may find the exaggerated acting and stilted movements of the characters dated and rather laughable.

Summary

Director Robert Weine's silent classic about a sinister sideshow proprietor who dispatches a black-clad somnambulist to commit murder on his behalf. Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, Friedrich Feher and Lil Dagover star.

Cast & Crew

Dr Caligari Werner Krauss
Cesare Conrad Veidt
Francis Friedrich Feher
Jane Lil Dagover
Alan Hans von Twardowski
Dr Olson Rudolf Lettinger
A criminal Rudoph Klein-Rogge
Director Robert Wiene
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Other Information

Black and whiteTheatrical distributor: EurekaAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Aug 2014
Drama