The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

DVD - 1997
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Reality and illusion seem to lose their delineations when Dr. Caligari, the travelling hypnotist, comes to town. Truth & fiction, dreams & reality can indeed become intertangled!
Publisher: Chatsworth, Calif. : Distributed by Image Entertainment, c1997
Edition: Special collector's ed
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC CAB
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 76 min.) :,sd., col. tinted ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Cabinet of Doctor Caligari


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Aka_Aka_Aka Mar 17, 2015

Because this somewhat weird, German-Expressionist film (with its original colour tinting) is now 96 years old, I really did try to be lenient and cut it some slack with my overall rating of it.

But, with that said, I'm sorry to have to tell you ('cause I ain't gonna lie), the best that I could ever possibly give as a score for this silent-era freak-show would only be a measly 1.5 stars, and that's all. Regardless of its old age, it just doesn't deserve more than that.

For one thing, at 75 minutes, this picture was about twenty minutes too long. And, when it came to its rather bizarre and deliberately distorted set designs, I found them, before long, to be quite boring, and literally under-whelming.

You can be sure, had this fantasy film been made in the USA (circa. 1920), I highly doubt that all the snobs-of-early-cinema would still be falling all over themselves with absolute, undying praise for it, right to this very day.

From my point of view - This vintage film's story was so simple that it came across as being downright simple-minded in nature. And, as far as the Dr. Caligari character goes, he was far from being convincingly sinister and treacherous. On the contrary, this dumpy, old creep struck me as being nothing but a stupid, senile, windbag who couldn't even scare a child.

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