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Frightful October Horror Movie Picks – DAY 24

October 24, 2013

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“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920)

Many of you, if not most, have probably never heard of this film, unless your a major cine-file. “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene, it is one of the most influential movies of the German Expressionist movement and is often considered to be one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era. It was also best known for being the first movie to have introduced the ‘twist’ ending in cinema.

A sinister hypnotist who travels the carnival circuit displaying the name Cesare Caligari, in one tiny German town, a series of murders coincides with Caligari’s visit. When the best friend of hero Francis is killed, the deed seems to be the outgrowth of a romantic rivalry over the hand of the lovely Jane. Francis suspects Caligari, but he is ignored by the police. Investigating on his own, Francis seemingly discovers that Caligari has been ordering the somnambulist to commit the murders, but the story eventually takes a more surprising direction…

Directed by: Robert Wiene

Screenplay by: Carl Mayer & Hans Janowitz

Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Fredich Feher, Lil Dagover, and Rudolf Lettinger

“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is now streaming on Netflix Instant.

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