Silent Era Insanity, Kidnapping & Sleepwalking

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari DVD coverBeware when somnambulists and their keepers come to town. Caligari displays Cesare, the ever-slumbering man, as a carnival attraction. When Cesare is awakened Caligari says he can answer any question. Francis, our narrator, and his friend Alan visit Caligari’s booth where Alan asks how long he will live. Cesare tells Alan he will be dead before dawn…and he’s right. Thus begins the eerie tale of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Made in 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a masterpiece of silent-era German Expressionism. Flat sets with distorted angles and painted-on shadows give an alien-art nouveau feel to the film, which is considered to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time.