Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The director of an insane asylum travels to a small German town with his muted, semi-catatonic assistant where he performs sideshows and uses the sleepwalker to commit a series of grisly murders. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a cornerstone of silent cinema and German Expressionism which remains widely influential to this day. Robert Weine’s film, which was co-written by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz, is suspenseful, wildly imaginative, and bizarre which extends to the atypical titles, mind bending sets, and overstated actors.
**** out of *****