The Cabinet of Dr Caligari review – occult scary-movie touchstone from 1920 | Film | The Guardian

Conrad Veidt, left, and Werner Krauss in The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. Photograph: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stifling/Transit Film Gmbh

Warped in all senses, fascinating and bizarre: this is the 1920 silent movie by Robert Wiene – now re-released in cinemas – that lay down a template for today’s scary movies, noirs and psychological thrillers. And it is topped off with a surprise ending that still gets used all the time now. With all the weird gaping and gurning, and the distorted perspective of its expressionist sets, Caligari is a nightmarish cinematic extension of Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic Dracula, combining as it does romantic superstition with the supposedly rational world of psychiatric surveillance and control.

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