The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ★★★★½

Well, now I know where the Penguin came from.  

It’s always fascinating to watch foundational classics after a lifetime of seeing their influence in subsequent films.  The shadows and twists, the issues of authority and identity — I’ve seen Caligari referenced a ton of times without knowing it.

I adored the tilted and painted sets and the way the performers moved in the distorted space.  The film took a bold creative stance that paid off. Grotesquely beautiful.

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