Considerada una película proto-zombie, narra una historia sobre un hombre y su experiencia con un acto de feria, el despertar del sonámbulo, que predice el futuro contestando a cualquier pregunta. ¿Qué se puede perder al preguntar cuando voy a morir? A menos que diga, esta noche.
I loved the set design and the score, but the story was muddled, and lacked direction and reason at times. The final act in particular didn't make much sense; and the story as a whole would've benefitted from more mystery behind who was responsible for the murders.
SPOILERS— I mean...it's THE Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a rightful classic— marvel of design and mood. I'm split on the twist, but, I think it does have *something* to say about institutionalization that resonates with me as a mentally ill person. The terror of a real asylum director internalized as an obsessive, murderous asylum director. Also, well paced imho
Dose kooky angles! I wish there were more objects and less cardboard though - the graspable things like the chairs and windows or when the scene has depth lift the film out of flat theatricality. Caligari's face too! But the plot progression is very: slow; info-dump; slow; info-dump and I can only really admire it from afar. Must have been brain-searing upon first release though. But aged worse than Murnau, for me.
The first feature to question the legitimacy of psychiatric authority and use expressionism to show the evil world of psychiatry. Caligari, the sadist master, uses hypnoses (in lieu of drugs) to sedate his "patient"-slave, Cesare, into submission. When Franzis discovers psychiatry's secret, he is declared "mentally ill" and locked into an asylum. Psychiatry: rape under the guise of mutual consent.