Lynch before Lynch; an obvious influence on films like Lost Highway & Mulholland Drive, where the shame of a crime is deconstructed & put back together again; allowing a character to see it through someone else's eyes. The set-design is rightly celebrated, presenting a world distorted by its narrator's warped psyche, clueing us in to the artificiality of his recollection, but it's also a film full of tremendous pain.
Das erste, worüber jeder spricht, der Caligari gesehen hat, ist die Optik des Films. Die schiefen Wände und Fenster, die wahnsinnigen Diagonalen der Treppen und die Bäume, deren Blätter wirken als seien es Messer. Bis dato versuchte die Kamera stets, die Realität abzubilden. (...)
The silent film was absolutely beautiful. The set was designed perfectly with the mood of the film. The lighting, color, and music went perfectly setting the tone of the madness. The end, in particular, was a twist in all. The art of film is present in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. I am glad I watched this film and would love to see other films that followed the German expressionism.