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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari film reviews

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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari film reviews


The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer is a silent horror movie. Told by the character Francis the film tells the story of Dr Caligari and his somnambulist (sleep walker) who are suspected of murder. Friends Alan and Francis visit a carnival where they meet Dr Caligari and his somnambulist who predicts Alan’s death by dawn the next day, when this prediction comes true Francis is determined to expose the killer, who he suspects is Dr Caligari.





The film features a dark and twisted visual style, the sharp lines and distorted shapes of the set reflect the characters mental state. The characters chairs are enlarged, the windows are out of shape and there are no smooth edges or soft lines presenting a harsh and cold environment. Trees are pointed and jagged and the sharp shape of the grass makes it look like knives. Lotte Eisner, author of the Haunted Screen wrote “objects in the film a…
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exercise master study

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here are some of my first thumbnail sketches using a graphics tablet. not my best work but look forward to developing my skills