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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari 4K 1920

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari 4K 1920
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Country: Germany
Time: 01:17:14
IMDB: 8.0
Director: Robert Wiene
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Actors: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Hans Lanser-Ludolff, Henri Peters-Arnolds, Ludwig Rex, Elsa Wagner

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"Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari" (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) is a cult silent film in the expressionist horror genre, created by director Robert Wiene in 1920. The movie tells the story of strange events unfolding in a mysterious town where mysterious murders occur. The action develops around the mysterious Dr. Caligari, a representative of the circus, and his dubious somnambulistic assistant Cesare. The unique style of the story, surreal architecture and masterful use of light make this film one of the greatest representatives of its genre.

Review 4K Movie

Like so many of the films from the silent era, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari gets overlooked (if you can even find it!) for big budget duds, and runny romantic comedies. Directors of the period like Griffith, Lang, Eisenstien, and Caligari's Wiene, are never given the credit they deserve. And if credit is given, it is in small cultish circles in various pockets around the world.

The set design here is amazing, not a single right angle can be found in any one of the sets. This may not only apply to the disjointed and distorted characters in the film, but also the state of Germany at the time. After all, the film was made in the dark ages in Germany between WWI and WWII. This point is validated by Siegfried Kracauer, with his notion of how the main character of Dr. Caligari can be easily interpreted to Hitler, and vice versa. Both controlled subjects with a form of "brainwashing", both were upset with current forms of society and government, and both were masters of deception. In a period where Germans were looking for direction, and let's face it, authority as well, Dr. Caligari embodied it fully.

In the area of the players, all the names in the film turn out a literally "speechless" performance. Dagover, Krauß, and especially Veidt as Cesare (pronounced Chez-a-ray) are excellent in the use of gestures and motion to get their point across without using words. The camera, stationary as in most early features, uses the mise-en-scene effectively, letting us identify with characters such as Francis and Jane, and disjointing us from Caligari, and the Criminal.

The use of lines and stripes, not only in the sets but in small places like in the good doctor's hair and on his gloves, adds to the telling of the character. Colour tints of the B&W film also play a special part in bringing the whole film together. An amazing sequence where Caligari reveals his true madness, pits Caligari stumbling through the unequal streets of Germany while being haunted by textual ramblings written in the air. A marvelous achievement for it's time. And it adds so much.

The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari has changed the way I look at horror films, and even films in general. I urge anyone reading this to pick up this film. The DVD offering is utterly fantastic with the restored print, an audio essay of the film, and production notes. Bypass the overblown "motion picture events of the year", and pick up Caligari, quite possible the greatest motion picture event in the history of motion pictures.

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Video

Codec: HEVC / H.265 (84.9 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Audio

#Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
#Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
#Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
#English (Music): Dolby Digital 2.0
#German (Music): FLAC 2.0

Subtitles

English

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