The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) W/ Live Music Accompaniment

NR, 69 min. Directed by Robert Wiene. Starring Werner Krauss, Lil Dagover, Friedrich Feher, Conrad Veidt.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Wed., Nov. 17, 1999

live musical accompaniment by the Friends of Dean Martinez. Caligari is often cited as the first true horror movie and one of the first films to tell its story through the eyes of a delirious madman. Curiously, though it is considered a milestone in film history, its technique is rarely imitated. Eschewing naturalism, the movie’s sets are all painted in hallucinatory black-and-white designs by painters Hermann Warm, Walter Reiman, and Walter Röhrig (all with the magazine Sturm), and the acting, as well, follows Expressionistic techniques popular in Germany at the time. The story concerns a hypnotist/psychoanalyst Dr. Caligari (Krauss), who trains his obedient somnambulist Cesare (a spookily tall, skinny Veidt) to do his evil bidding. With its painted shadows, twisted perspectives, skewed angles, and bizarre reality, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has become one of the most famous yet least copied films in the history of the cinema.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Often cited as the first true horror movie and one of the first films to tell its story through the eyes of a delirious madman, the techniques of this film milestone are rarely imitated. Eschewing naturalism, the movie's sets are all painted in hallucinatory black-and-white designs and the acting, as well, follows Expressionistic techniques popular in Germany at the time.

Marjorie Baumgarten, July 15, 1994

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