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Images from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Images from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Excerpt from Show Don’t Tell: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the gold standard example of early German expressionism in film, is just plain weird. Today we call it a “horror” film, but it’s not scary. It is disorienting and certainly creepy, but you won’t jump in your seat while viewing it. But if you care about the genre known as “horror,” then you have to confront Caligari. If you care about film history in general, about “film noir” in particular, or Post WWI German politics, you have to care about Caligari. Wait, what?

Image source and full article link to: http://prettycleverfilms.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/show-dont-tell-the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari-1920/

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