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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Robert Wiene Germany, 1920

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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.