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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) was a Silent Films - Black-and-white Film directed by Robert Wiene and produced by Rudolf Meinert and Erich Pommer.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

By Barry P. on Oct 23, 2023 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1920) Directed by: Robert Wiene; Written by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz; Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feh?r, Lil Dagover and Hans Heinrich von Twardowski; Available on Blu ray and DVD Rating: ****½ “Ladies and gentlemen, Cesare the somnambulist will answer all yo... Read full article


Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at ? The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

By Lea Stans on Oct 17, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silents are Golden: A Closer Look at ? The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) The indisputable masterpiece of German Expressionism is The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari–both because it?s a perfect example of the style done right (which was less common than you?d think!) and because it?s just plain gre... Read full article


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 28, 2016 From 4 Star Films

I’ve never seen anything like it, and I mean that in all truthfulness. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has the esteem of being called the original horror film, and that’s not something to be taken lightly. Perhaps I’m more partial to Murnau’s Nosferatu that came out two years lat... Read full article


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 28, 2016 From 4 Star Films

I’ve never seen anything like it, and I mean that in all truthfulness. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has the esteem of being called the original horror film, and that’s not something to be taken lightly. Perhaps I’m more partial to Murnau’s Nosferatu that came out two years lat... Read full article


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

By Michael on Oct 26, 2015 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

Note : this review is a contribution to The Silent Cinema blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Lauren Champkin. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) Dr. Caligari's somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions. I remember a discussion I had with ... Read full article


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Writer Hans Janowitz wrote the female lead character for his girlfriend Gilda Langer, an actress at the "Residenz-Theater" in Berlin but it is Lil Dagover that finally got the role.
In the May 12, 1921 edition of the Chicago Daily News, Carl Sandburg wrote of the film: "It is a healthy thing for Hollywood, Culver City, Universal City, and all other places where movie film is being produced, that this photoplay has come along at this time. It is sure to have healthy hunches and show new possibilities in style and method to our American Producers."
Made before "horror" was a designated genre, this is sometimes cited as the first true horror film (although films with elements of the macabre were certainly made earlier).
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