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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) (1920)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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Werner Krauss

Werner Krauss

Dr. Caligari
Conrad Veidt

Conrad Veidt

Cesare
Lil Dagover

Lil Dagover

Jane Olsen
Rudolf Lettinger

Rudolf Lettinger

Dr. Olsen
Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Ein Verbrecher
Hans Lanser-Rudolf

Hans Lanser-Rudolf

Ein alter Mann


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How long shall I live?

4 years, 8 months ago at Jun 2 15:05
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''I must know everything. I must penetrate the heart of his secret! I must become Caligari!''

A horror film that surpasses all others. Alan relates the story of traveling magician Dr Caligari and Cesare. Their arrival in a town coincides with savage killings.

Werner Krauss: Dr. Caligari

A 1920 silent film, directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by ... read more

Exquisite German Expressionism

6 years, 2 months ago at Nov 17 7:56
7 votes
"Spirits surround us on every side... they have driven me from hearth and home, from wife and child."

Prior to F.W. Murau's Nosferatu there was Robert Weine's silent horror masterpiece Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (translated to the more common title; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). In the annals of the horror genre, these two instances of German Expressionistic cinema stand above... read more

A classic

3 years, 5 months ago at Aug 30 10:40
2 votes
If I recall correctly, I saw this movie when I was living in England. There, I took a movie course which I found just great. Every week we would watch a movie starting with 'Cabiria' released in 1914 (even though it is considered a classic, it was an awful 3 hours long silent epic, I think only 3 of us stayed until the end). So, we started from the very beginning of motion picture history and move... read more
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Description: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a silent film that was made in Germany, in 1920, and is often believed to be the first ever horror film. The story is told in flashback by a young man named Francis who is explaining to someone the events that happened when a carnival came to the mountain village of Holsten ... (more)
Release date: 19 March 1921
UPC: 014381409925
Silent (28), Horror (27), 1920s (17), German (16), 1920 (16), Germany (14), German Expressionism (12), Serial Killer (11), Drama (9), Thriller (9), Expressionism (8), Classic (7), Black And White (7), Crime (7), Hypnosis (6), Insanity (5), Asylum (4), (4), Kidnapping (4), Psychiatrist (4)
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"SPOILER ALERT!!!! TWIST: It is revealed that the entire film is not a flashback, but a fantasy made up by mentally-ill narrator Francis. Also, he as well as Jane and Cesare are all inmates in the mental asylum and the supposed Dr. Caligari turns out to be Francis's psychiatric doctor."


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" Oct 21, instant watch Really lovely. :) First I was so impressed with the sets and scenery... absolutely gorgeous. I can't imagine how fantastic it must have been to be there for filming it. They really created their own little world there. Lots of fantastic scenes. The story is wonderful too. It felt so complex for a movie from 1920. The narrative was enthralling. There was very little time in the movie where it felt too slow and I was left with my own thoughts. In other words, one of th"


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“Welcome to the beginning of Monsters Mash 2012 we will be covering the basic history of horror films from the silent era all the way to the golden age. Let's go to the 1920 the German film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. [img id=174478 width=500full] It tells the story of a doctor named Caligari

who has a sleep walker Cesare whom he keeps in a cabinet to kill all the doctor seeks vengeance on.[img id=3429467 width=500full]

[img id=361093 width=500full] (Caligari) [img id=562201 width=500full] (Cesare)

The idea of a mad scientist controlling a monster is staple in Science-Fiction and Horror. Also the sleep-walker falls in love with a girl in which he has know business with another topic use in horror like Frankenstein (1931), Creature from the black Lagoon (1954)” read more

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