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Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari

Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari

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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
 ,“ 
the shocking
wist ending is so predictable you’re almost surprised they actually follow throughwith it.” 
(Merriam,2008) .
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.” 
(Merriam,2008)
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 
 
rest.
(Ebert,2009)It is probable that Ebert is correct, because this town is unsafeand the sharp points in the landscape enhances the danger in the film.A Predetermined atmosphere was created in this world because it seemed to bea flat world that had a lot of three dimensional properties but its sketchy handdrawn feel had predestined shadows like in the halls , it makes it feel like themood was already created before the characters stepped onto the scene. H.A.V
Bullied said “
the film is to recall mentally a series of futurist paintings come to life.
” 
 (Bullied,2012)
The film supports this statement because it does feel like we areslowly watching a fictional story being molded into reality, the flat landscape inhis story being a stage for the people in his sub-conscience to perform on.Image2 Cesare and the damsel (1920)I enjoyed the movie although it took a long time to come to the pinnacle point inthe film. But I think that when this was first viewed it would have been a great cinematic experience because no one would have seen anything like this before.The story line was new and it paved the way for future films such as king kongwhich used that iconic image of the monster carrying the maiden in distressaway.

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