The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – 1920 Cinema: Silent Horror

The release date for “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” was February 26, 1920. It has been hailed as “the first true horror film”and “cult film”. The film – a premonition of the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party  – the addition of the frame story turns an otherwise “revolutionary” film into a “conformist” one. Other themes of the film include the destabilized contrast between insanity and sanity, the subjective perception of reality, and the duality of human nature.

“There are spirits — everywhere. They are all around us. They have driven me
from hearth and home – from wife and child”

“That is my fiance”

“What she and I have experienced is even stranger than what you have lived through”

“Let me tell you about it”

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and is often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era. The film used stylized sets, with abstract, jagged buildings painted on canvas backdrops and flats. To add to this strange style, the actors used an unrealistic technique that exhibited jerky and dance-like movements. This movie is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema. – Wikipedia

– altered by Hystoria

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