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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari terrified audiences in 1920. But besides being the first psychological horror movie, it kickstarted a film movement that brought Expressionism to the screen.
Although movies have had some scary crap in them since the beginning of motion pictures, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was the first to “create a mindscape, a subjective psychological fantasy,” a world in which “unspeakable horror becomes possible.” Caligari famously used sets in a way they never had been before, to express a state of mind rather than trying to convince you what you’re seeing is real life.
Clocking in at only 77 minutes, this short-ass movie changed the course of cinema history and even if you’ve never heard of it, I bet you’ve seen its influence in your favorite movies, whether you noticed it or not.
This is the story of how the first horror movie changed everything…
Written by Sophie Lasken & Tyler Knudsen
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(Vognar) Lasting Fright: The Staying Power of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari by Chris Vognar – https://bit.ly/3Q4Sd1r
(Thompson) Expression of Horror by Kristin Thompson (Blu ray companion booklet)
(Expressionism Wiki) Expressionism (Wikipedia) – https://bit.ly/3PGMIGp
(Robinson) Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari by David Robinson
(Suchsland) Caligari: How Horror Came To The Cinema (2014 dir. Rüdiger Suchsland – Blu-ray extra)
(Historynet) The Artist Who Dared to Take on the Nazis From Their Earliest Days by Mary M. Lane – https://bit.ly/3zE4uo2
(artst) Impressionism vs Expressionism – What’s the Difference? – https://bit.ly/3vnmh09
(idesign) Expressionist Art (1910-1930) – https://bit.ly/3PI6wZQ
(Weimar Republic Wiki) Weimar Republic (Wikipedia) – https://bit.ly/3Q3w6bM
(Eisner) The Haunted Screen: Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt by Lotte H. Eisner
(World Film News) "It’s in the Script" by Paul Rotha, World Film News, Sept., 1938 – https://bit.ly/3oC423g
(Kracauer) From Caligari to Hitler by Siegfried Kracauer
(Hamburg Wallring Wiki) Hamburg Wallring (Wikipedia) – https://bit.ly/3zFrD9S
(Quarterly) Notes on the World and Work of Carl Mayer by Herbert G. Luft, The Quarterly of Film Radio and Television, Summer, 1954, Vol. 8, No. 4
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