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Siegfried Kracauer

“Whether intentionally or not, ‘Caligari’ exposes the soul wavering between tyranny and chaos, and facing a desperate situation: any escape from tyranny seems to throw it into a state of utter confusion. Quite logically, the film spreads an all-pervading atmosphere of horror. Like the Nazi world, that of ‘Caligari’ overflows with sinister portents, acts of terror and outbursts of panic.”