5 thoughts on “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

  1. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

    “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (1920) or “Caligaris” as Robinson suggests the original tittle to be, is one of the most, if not the most, groundbreaking films of all times. A plethora of scholars including Lotte Eisner and Siegfried Kracauer have devoted entire books regarding its aesthetics, characters and in the case of Kracuauer an ambitious parallel between Expressionist cinema and the rise of Nazism from the ashes of the Weimar Republic. That was pretty much what I was expecting from Robin

  2. David Robinson’s brief, clearly argued revisionist study of the 1920 expressionist horror film classic is, for the most part, persuasive. Based around the discovery in the 1980s of the only surviving script, he exposes a fair few myths about the film’s meaning, its box office success and just who deserves credit for its innovations and enduring importance.

    Far from being a ‘difficult’ art house film, on its release, Das Cabinet… was a major hit in Germany. And its visual style came not from any b

  3. Another volume in the BFI Film Classics series, this describes the origin of the film with a concentration on the comparison of the finished film with the screenplay, which had recently been published when the book was written. The discussion of the film itself is not particularly good; Robinson seems to want to diminish its importance and originality.

  4. Really gives the film some interesting context. The author demythologizes many of the legends surrounding the making of this classic, and gives a blow-by-blow comparison of the script and the finished movie. An interesting read for anyone interested in the history of cinema.

  5. I loved this film as a teenager and was fascinated by its style, its story, and the spooky quality that seems to be inherent in all silent films of that time, including “Nosferatu”.

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