Hey kids, Dash Jordan here. We are still counting down the last couple of days of October, and it’ll be Halloween before you know it. Remember I said I had to flip a coin between ‘Nosferatu’ and ‘The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari’? Well, my girlfriend requested that I review another movie. So I had to flip a coin again and it came up tails…but I really didn’t want to review ‘Twilight’, so I shot the coin.
It’s time to “Enjoy The Silence”…again.
‘The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari’ is a 1920 silent film from Germany, predating ‘Nosferatu’ as one of the most important films from the Silent Era and one of the most important horror films of all time. While ‘Nosferatu’ also has a unique and creepy atmosphere known simply as German Expressionism, ‘The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari’ takes a more stylistic approach. Giving us one of the more artistic horror films I’ve reviewed so far. Before we begin, I just want you all to know that I have nothing but good things to say about the movie’s look and feel. I hate to sound like a broken record, so all I can say about this movie’s atmosphere is…Wunderbar!
The film is about a small town’s mysterious murders, which are all caused by the even more mysterious Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist servant named Cesare. While we may already know who the killers are, there turns out that there are far more twists and turns to this tale as a man tries to unravel the secrets of the titular antagonist. By the way, this film is also memorable for being one of the first films to have a twist ending. So yes, even though the film is over nine decades old, I must warn you all that this review contains spoilers. So go watch the movie now and don’t come back until you’re ready.
Good for you…Now, it turns out that it was in that one guy’s head. He’s crazy, his girlfriend is crazy, Cesare is crazy, they’re all locked away in an insane asylum and the man we all thought was Dr. Caligari turns out to be in charge of the asylum and not insane or evil at all.
Like I said before, this movie has one of the very first twist endings in film history. Not to mention that it’s all executed perfectly thanks to the amazing acting. Much like ‘Nosferatu’, I have to praise the actors of this era of filmmaking for relying on nothing but their body language and facial expressions. True acting at its finest…unlike nowadays where certain actors never know when to shut the hell up!
Enough! Anyway, there’s really nothing else that I can possibly say that has already been said about this classic. Except for maybe one thing. It’s as if you were walking into an art museum and coming across some the German Expressionism exhibit…and slowly watching it come alive. I’m begging you all not to pass up on ‘The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari’. This movie is every bit as beautiful and important as ‘Nosferatu’, which is more than enough reason to have these two legends share the same perfect score.
Glad to see someone’s happy…I’m not. Because you don’t even want to know what I’ll be reviewing tomorrow. Until next time, Gotta Dash!
Written by Shane Moose
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