A clever - visually impressive - atmospheric murder-mystery, and the first silent film I've experienced, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari required me to make some adjustments. But like any minimalist form of expressionist art, my brain quickly adapted, filled in the gaps, and it felt like the actors were actually speaking. Neat.
The film's story - told via flashbacks from the perspective of lead character Francis (Friedrich Feher) - only appears surface-level deep; the events of the crimes surrounding Caligari and his somnambulist seemingly played in a straight-forward manner. It's not until Francis reaches his story's conclusion that we gain true perspective, and the very amusing twist is revealed.
Admittedly, it wasn't until that moment that I really appreciated what Robert Wiener and Hans Janowitz had put together. The abstract set design, high contrast lighting, and macabre nature of the production being the early motivational factors which drove me there. I'm glad I went along for the ride.