Friday, May 20, 2011

6. Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari

6. Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

This was my favorite movie from the list so far which was weird because I felt like my friends and I could have performed it in my backyard.  When (and I say when because you would be stupid not to watch it) you see it, you feel like you are in a theater.  Not only are the sets really fake and crazy-looking, but the camera does not move a lot.  Still, I loved it!

This movie's plot is within a plot because the story is told by a man in an asylum.  Several murders take place and I do not want to give away the ending but suffice to say there are some pretty intriguing plot twists.  Finally, a silent movie that you can pay attention to!

I thought this movie was about five times more interesting than the others.  Although this movie strongly resembles a Tim Burton (I don't like Tim Burton) and has a zombie-like character in it ( I don't like zombie movies) it still is a must see, if only for pure entertainment.

RATING: ****_

Interesting Facts:

The first true horror film.

The shadows were painted on the walls and the sets were made out of paper.  It was a bit of an exaggeration when I said me and my friends could perform this because the sets actually have a bizarrely professional look about them and we are not very artistic.

You should really forget what I said about watching the other movies.  I mean I know I went on about cinematography and all that shit but this is pure entertainment!  Go see it!


  1. This is a favorite of mine too and is still top five of all silents. If you get a chance to go to Berlin drop by the film museum. They have a great exhibition on Caligari (and all the other great German movies of that era).

    1. Oh that sounds great! I recently realized how much I am loving German cinema.

  2. This one blew me away, one of the best films I've ever seen. A key part of that was the soundtrack which, on the version I watched, was an electronic piece from about 1980. Normally I'd be morally opposed to such a retrospective contribution, but in this case it was just perfect.