Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari
Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari was created in post WWI Germany by Robert Wiene,this film is a said to be one of the most influential horror films created. We stepinto a surrealist world that reflects the trauma that occurred through the war.The story is based around Dr Caligari who manipulates the somnabulist to killinnocent people, is quite a predictable story to begin with because everythingpoints to their involvement in the murders . Julia Merriam said
wist ending is so predictable you’re almost surprised they actually follow throughwith it.”
This idea is questionable, as a viewer you feelsurprised that the protagonist is locked up into a mental institute. You get that feeling of the cliche story line of, it was all a dream. The protagonist seems to beinsane now making you wonder did the story really occur, or were we just in themind of a crazy person hallucinating .The story line was interesting but it is noticeable that the execution was overdrawn with a lot of over acting, and exaggerated facial expressions that tried topush the story line along but in many ways slowed it down. Although somecritics disagree with this saying,
“The acting is almost overdone”, but” against theexaggerated backdrop, it seems almost natural.”
This idea islikely because in this world their behaviour seems normal for their world set with no right angles.Image1 Cesare (1920)The world has a very surrealist feel like if we are stepping into an obscurereality.
Roger Ebert suggests that,”
the visual environment plays like a wildernessof blades; the effect is to deny the characters any place of safety or