Saturday, January 22, 2011

Review – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Here we have the great-granddaddy of all weird-ass experimental films everywhere. On the down side, it's kinda hard to follow. A plot summary -- evil carnival showman turns homicidal somnambulist loose in a small German town -- doesn't even come close to doing justice to the story. Fortunately, the good part of the movie isn't the script, it's the visuals. The set work in particular brought me mindful of Lovecraft's many references to "non-Euclidian geometry." Anyone interested in the history of the horror movie or in German expressionist cinema needs to make this a stop along the journey. Worth seeing

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