Monday, 8 November 2010

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Dir. Robert Winen 1920

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Dir. Robert Winen 1920 By Aidan Codd.

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Dir.Robet Winen is about a DR who has a man who is  like a zombie but living and not half dead, this zombie man exploits people in telling them their future and at night finds them and kills them. There is a man who works this out and tries to get him arrested but it ends up turning around and the man who trying to help gets locked up, and ends up being classed as mad by the Dr, and that’s how it ends. It wasn’t an amazing story but it was very theatrical and the props that were made out of paper and card were quite amazingly done. For example the house the Dr lived in was made to look like a bad drawing you would use to indicate a house, but the genius of it was, it was  built how it looked and there are some scenes that you see inside the house and its all shaped like the outside. It gives the impression as though it is in some ones artwork or in a dream because everything is out of proportion but you can still see the depth of everything regardless. You see other scenes like the graveyard, town and the town fair and in spite of the props used in the background you still get that normal environment even though there are swirls and random shapes on everything but it still works very well as an everyday background. Here are some reviews I found about the film that have similar views.

Everything has to start somewhere. And, in post-World War I Germany, a cinematic breakthrough was brewing: Carl Mayer, an Austrian scenarist and Hans Janowitz, a Czech poet, conceived the tale of a psychotic madman who could control another human being and drive him to murder. While that may seem rather common place these days, the concept, which influenced later film of the genre (suchas Murders in the Rue Morgue, 1932), was positively novel in 1920. With the help of director Robert Wiene, a meddling producer, and a team of brilliant production designers, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is now a landmark in film history, both within and without the horror genre.   

With its sharp angles and distorted shapes Expressionism--like Cubism and other Modernistic art--strives to impose emotional content on the objects portrayed. Thus, weird angles may suggest deranged minds and oversized furniture may indicate over-reliance on status.

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