Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

It's a classic movie, although this is the first time I've seen The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

It's a tale told by a young man in love. In the not too distant past, he and a friend attended a fair and encountered Dr Caligari. When his act announces the death of the friend, the man and friend leave laughing... but then the friend is killed. The hunt in on for the killer, and the man's fiancee also comes under threat. It's all traced back to the local asylum...

The set up and most of the movie is quite good. We have this threat killing people and it seems the killer is in more than one place... but then we get some explanations and it kinda falls apart for me, as it becomes all too prosaic.

The imagery of the movie is very bizarre. I'm sure lots of people are able to cite long words that explain how this is classic style of certain German directors and has clear influences in other major movies... but all I'm doing is going 'those are some really weird chairs'.

They have a live group playing music to go with the movie, and that worked mostly well, but my main complaint is that the nice chairs aren't that nice after an hour...


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