The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) IMDb

Categorization

Possibly the first horror movie. Kick-off of German expressionism in film.

Subject

A strange man lures in fairgoers with the promise of seeing a somnambulist who may have supernatural knowledge. The main character, telling this story in the garden of an asylum, describes how his friend at the fair asked the wrong question: “How long shall I live?”

Commentary

Animation is far more suited to expressionism, and what could have been subversive horror—a comment on the butchery of misled youth in WW1—ends up shooting itself in the foot: Authority should not be questioned after all, apparently.

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