It's really difficult not to be annoyed by bad plot, underdeveloped characters and poor dialogue which often characterizes silent films. Here it is prevalent the plot twist at the end only slightly compensates for this. What redeems the film is the peculiar cubist like art direction, and the expressionist cinematography and acting that creates most of the horror that is present.
First true horror film; haunting! Made me think why silent film is not a renowned film genre nowadays. Even if the dialogue is below-par for a modern viewer, the scenery and raw style make up for it. My brain cells seemed much more active having to connect music to scenery to story. Despite a simple story, this film plays around with concepts, shapes, colors and personalities to create a dreamlike experience.
This is probably my favourite mute film. The weird scenography with strong influences of cubism is just amazing. The story is still good and I love that as it's structured as a dreamy fairy tale the expressionist overacting does not look so bad to modern eyes as in other German films. Highly recommended!
So good. I could perhaps do without certain moments in the last 27 minutes or so, and the rhythm from scene space to scene space sometimes feels unskillful, uncertain, part of too many hands' interference perhaps? But these are altogether minor quibbles in relation to the moments when the film is working. A living, breathing thing, this one.
Horror classic that has stood the test of time. Slow moving but rewarding tale of a mad doctor/sonambulist taking on the role of the "mythical" Caligari. Wild hand painted sets ad to the mystique/dream quality of the pic coming full circle in the film's twisted denoument. Somewhat impressionistic, surreal and most definately strange.
Isn't odd that The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari seems to be reflection of German society? Then again it could be foreshadowing future events that will turn the country upside down, a distorted world in the film. Caligari himself is almost like a personification of repression, symbolizing lunacy, a dictator who threatens Europe while Cesare follows orders to kill. Its brilliance use of shadow enfolds something sinister.