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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1920)

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Critic Consensus: Arguably the first true horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari set a brilliantly high bar for the genre -- and remains terrifying nearly a century after it first stalked the screen.

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Movie Info

In this silent film, Werner Krauss plays sinister hypnotist Caligari, who travels the carnival circuit displaying a somnambulist named Cesare. In one tiny German town, a series of murders coincides with Caligari's visit. Hero Francis suspects Caligari, but he is ignored by the police and must investigate on his own.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: David Lee Fisher & Hans Janowitz, Carl Mayer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 1997
Runtime:
Rialto Pictures

Cast

Werner Krauss
as Dr. Caligari
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Critic Reviews for Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (4)

A case can be made that Caligari was the first true horror film.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This is more than just a textbook classic; the narrative frame creates ambiguities that hold certain elements of the story in disturbing suspension. A one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Robert Wiene has made perfect use of settings designed by Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Roehrig, settings that squeeze and turn and adjust the eye and through the eye the mentality.

Full Review… | October 25, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[That Wiene], this outsider, with no knowledge of studio customs, no reverence for studio traditions, should have turned out The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari seems a thing almost too strange for belief.

Full Review… | October 30, 2015
Guardian

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari illustrates something more eternal: about great manipulators, and the underlying anxiety that either society has gone mad, or we have.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)

A terrifying, highly influential milestone of German Expressionism and also a radically anti-bourgeois work of Art that at the time intended to express with its chilling stylized visuals the deepest feelings of a post-war society in crisis and in search of artistic innovation.

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Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

An unforgettable masterpiece of German Expressionism.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Beyond being an iconic milestone in the evolution of cinema, Robert Wiene's masterpiece is still as entertaining as ever. The truly great films never go out of style.

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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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