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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) - Artist: Atelier Ledl Bernhard.

A 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) is a German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and, according to Roger Ebert, is “the first true horror film”. Dr. Caligari’s (Werner Krauss) somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), and his deadly predictions. The film used stylized sets, with abstract, jagged buildings painted on canvas backdrops and flats. To add to this strange style, the actors used an unrealistic technique that exhibited “jerky” and dance-like movements. This film is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema.

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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920).

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

A German silent horror film (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and, according to Roger Ebert, is “the first true horror film”. With Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher.