The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) (1920)
Critic Consensus: Arguably the first true horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari set a brilliantly high bar for the genre -- and remains terrifying nearly a century after it first stalked the screen.
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Critic Reviews for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)
Caligari, the most complete essay in the décor of delirium, is one of the most famous films of all time, and it was considered a radical advance in film technique, yet it is rarely imitated -- and you'll know why.
A case can be made that Caligari was the first true horror film.
This is more than just a textbook classic; the narrative frame creates ambiguities that hold certain elements of the story in disturbing suspension. A one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Robert Wiene has made perfect use of settings designed by Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Roehrig, settings that squeeze and turn and adjust the eye and through the eye the mentality.
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made.
Audience Reviews for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)
A terrifying and highly influential milestone of German Expressionism, and also a radically anti-bourgeois work of art that intended back then to express with its chilling stylized visuals the deepest feelings of a post-war society in crisis and in search of artistic innovation.
An unforgettable masterpiece of German Expressionism.
Beyond being an iconic milestone in the evolution of cinema, Robert Wiene's masterpiece is still as entertaining as ever. The truly great films never go out of style.