The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2006)
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as Dr. Caligari
as Dr. Stern
as Asylum Doctor
Critic Reviews for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
An undeniably clever commingling of a new cast (and spoken dialogue) with a silent classic. But pic fails to engage consistently on its own terms, and begins to coast on novelty value around the midway point.
In his semi-remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the director David Lee Fisher has accomplished something rather startling: he has out-disoriented the original.
Although technically impressive, the remake is dramatically inert, as the set becomes a motionless backdrop to theatrical line readings instead of a pulsing manifestation of diseased minds.
Interesting only for about as long as it takes to realize that Fisher has honored Weine's expressionist aesthetic but hasn't improved the original's creaky plotline.
Audience Reviews for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is an interesting, though unexceptional film. The faults other viewers have noted are there, though I am more forgiving and consider that the acting, for instance, can work as part of the odd vibe of the film. The sets are very interesting to look at. The only serious flaw was the sound, which was quite poor. Viewed as a sideshow (and not a main attraction), the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is fine.
I appreciate the far reaching effort, innovation, homage, and a dazzling concept. It comes across as earnest, and yet its a silly and soulless caricature. It sadly does not capture the intrigue or the creepiness of the original silent film that ran in German theatres for seven straight years after its release.
I really admire what this film is attempting to do, but it misses the mark. Still, it's an interesting watch.
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