Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
A landmark of cinematic artistry, this classic silent horror film has vivid expressionistic imagery which brilliantly reflects the nightmarish emotional states of the characters. Francis' investigation of his friend's murder leads him to suspect that the killer was a zombie-like sleepwalker under the hypnotic control of the diabolical Dr. Caligari.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"A case can be made that Caligari was the first true horror film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made."
‑ David Pirie, Time Out
"The vertiginous sets synthesize with the film's more rudimentary narrative of doubling to achieve radically luminous social ends."
‑ Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine
"A twisted tale of murder, kidnap, madness and an ancient book, all told in flashback by a young man from a park bench."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"This freshly 4K-ed masterpiece of German Expressionism deserves to be seen on the big screen. Track it down and be rewarded with possibly cinema's first ever twist ending."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"This is more than just a textbook classic; the narrative frame creates ambiguities that hold certain elements of the story in disturbing suspension. A one-of-a-kind masterpiece."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari illustrates something more eternal: about great manipulators, and the underlying anxiety that either society has gone mad, or we have."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Thrilling, chilling, electrifying."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Warped in all senses, fascinating and bizarre ..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Other areas of innovation and influence are often overstated, but its silent scream still registers."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Robert Wiene has made perfect use of settings designed by Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Roehrig, settings that squeeze and turn and adjust the eye and through the eye the mentality."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
""Caligari" is an almost flawless picture."
‑ CA Lejeune, Guardian
"The mother lode of the horror genre, this German Expressionist movie is directed by Robert Wiene and presents a full smorgasbord of pop-eyed terror, lunatics, murderers and possessed somnambulists in its eerie shadows."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"Just as dreams take complex personalities and boil them down to friend or foe, so too The Cabinet of Dr Caligari brims with archetypes: the demented doctor, the handsome hero, the innocent ingénue."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"This film has madness running all the way through it, a madness that seeps from story into reality and back again."
‑ John Bleasdale, Electric Sheep

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