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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Robert Wiene Germany, 1920

RBCrickmar's rating of the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

There is a hypnotic quality about Cesare's entrance into the room of Jane, one which draws you into the screen in a way that can only be matched by that close-up on Cesare as he awakens for the 1st time. Although this is undoubtedly a monumental film, it doesn't quite possess the same haunting atmosphere, lyrical beauty or kinetic paranoia of THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE, SUNRISE and DR MABUSE, THE GAMBLER. Eureka release.