The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

DailyView: Day 359, Movie 511

Last night I had the pleasure of watching the new Nicolas Cage movie, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and I loved it. During that movie, Nicolas Cage stated that one of his all-time favorite movies, and one that he forced his on-screen daughter to watch, was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was a 1920 silent German horror film directed by Robert Wiene.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “At a carnival in Germany, Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his friend Alan (Rudolf Lettinger) encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss). The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan’s death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true — making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty, or is the doctor controlling him?”

This silent movie has been considered an influential and beloved film for years. This was the first I had heard of it. It was an interesting film with a decent story. I found all of the characters to have solid performances, very expressive as needed.

I loved the style of the backgrounds. I know that it was because of the year this was recorded, but the minimalist backgrounds with its jagged corners and intriguing angles felt painted and attractive. It fit right in with the shade of the film.

This was fun, especially after the Nic Cage recommendation.

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