6 Movies That Are Better Than ‘The Godfather’

4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Dir. Robert Wiene The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari | Source: Decla-Bioscop

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) is a silent German expressionist horror film directed by Robert Wiene and among one of the most influential films ever made. A mainstay of film classes everywhere, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari tells the story of an insane hypnotist who controls and commands a somnambulist to commit murders. The film’s style, emblematic of German expressionism, employs detailed set design where visuals are angular, unusual, and spattered with flourishes that emphasize both the interior subjectivity of the characters and an overall tone of unease. From a thematic point of view, the film was very much a reflection of the feelings of German youth who had grown to distrust older authority following World War I. But really, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a masterpiece

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