Silent Cinema Gems: ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’

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51qA8O02dCLOn the 26th of February 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the first German Expressionist film and one of the earliest horror movies in history, had its première in Berlin.The film wasdirected by Robert Wiene and based on a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. “In film history, few films have cast a longer shadow (…) Even today, scholars view Caligari as one of the greatest films of the silent period and a landmark in the history of German cinema. Its famously distorted sets and fantastical, macabre imagery have influenced generations of filmmakers and challenged an equal number of scholars and critics to explain its significance from a variety of perspectives.” (Julie Hubbert, ‘Modernism at the Movies: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and a Film Score Revisited’, The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 88, No. 1, Spring, 2005).

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