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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

(DVD - 2002)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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In the film The cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a somnambulist commits murders under a hypnotist's influence. Also featured is a lengthy excerpt of Genuine. Both films are examples of the German Expressionist movement.
Title: The cabinet of Dr. Caligari
[videorecording]
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino on Video, c2002
Edition: Restored authorized ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (74 min.) :,si., col. tinted with b&w segments ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Supplemental features: 43-minute condensation of Robert Wiene's "Genuine : the tale of a vampire" (1920); behind-the-scenes footage of Robert Wiene on the set of I.N.R.I.; two musical scores to choose from; gallery of more than 40 photos, posters and production sketches
Originally produced in German as a motion picture in 1919
Silent films with English title cards and musical accompaniment
Summary: In the film The cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a somnambulist commits murders under a hypnotist's influence. Also featured is a lengthy excerpt of Genuine. Both films are examples of the German Expressionist movement.
Alternate Title: Genuine
Branch Call Number: PN1995.75 .C335 2002
Statement of Responsibility: directed by Robert Wiene ; written by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz
Credits: Photographed by Willy Hameister ; music, Timothy Brock.
Performers: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover. Genuine: Fern Andra.
System Details: DVD
Subject Headings: DVD-Video discs Feature films Horror films Silent films
Topical Term: DVD-Video discs
Feature films
Horror films
Silent films
Publisher No: K254
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Aug 11, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Because this somewhat weird, German-Expressionist film (with its original colour tinting) is now 94 years old, I really did try to be lenient and cut it some slack with my overall rating of it.

But, with that said, I'm sorry to have to tell you ('cause I'm not going to lie), the best that I could ever possibly give as a score for this silent-era freakshow would only be a measly 1.5 stars, and that's all. Regardless of its old age, it just doesn't deserve more than that.

For one thing, at 75 minutes, this picture was about 20 minutes too long. And, when it came to its rather bizarre and deliberately distorted set designs, I found them, before long, to be quite boring, and literally under-whelming.

You can be sure, had this fantasy film been made in the USA (circa. 1920), I highly doubt that all the snobs-of-early-cinema would still be falling all over themselves with absolute, undying praise for it, right to this very day.

From my point of view, this vintage film's story was so simple that it came across as being downright simple-minded in nature. And, as far as the Dr. Caligari character goes, he was far from being convincingly sinister and treacherous. On the contrary, this dumpy, old creep struck me as being nothing but a stupid, senile, windbag who couldn't even scare a child.

Apr 15, 2013
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

the classic horror silent film.

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