Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
Two men on a park bench discuss the story of Cesare, a sleep-walking circus performer under the control of the murderous Dr. Caligari. But all, of course, is not quite as it seems.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A case can be made that Caligari was the first true horror film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made."
‑ , Time Out
"Pre-dating even early genre landmarks Nosferatu (1922) and Metropolis (1926) by some distance, Robert Wiene's silent film is both influential and one of a kind."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"A classic. Visually stunning and more experimental than anything coming out today."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"One of those rare, amazing technical accomplishments that also succeeds as art."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"This is more than just a textbook classic; the narrative frame creates ambiguities that hold certain elements of the story in disturbing suspension. A one-of-a-kind masterpiece."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"One of the first -- and still one of the greatest -- psychological horror movies."
‑ , Total Film
"Even if taken as social or Freudian statement, Caligari's real star attraction is in the visuals."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The influence of Robert Wiene's Caligari is so great that it threatens to obscure the work itself."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Wiene's expressionistic masterpiece is required viewing for lovers of the gothic and the weird."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Robert Wiene has made perfect use of settings designed by Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Roehrig, settings that squeeze and turn and adjust the eye and through the eye the mentality."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"With its unusual look and neatly folding method of storytelling "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is an artistically uninhibited silent horror film that still sends chills."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"still creepy good entertainment on a rainy day"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A seminal horror movie, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was hailed upon its initial release as the first film to elevate the cinema from the realm of popular entertainment to that of high art."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A landmark of Expressionist cinema and contains many dazzling set pieces."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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