Monday, 26 October 2009

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari



So today we watched, the film " The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", dated 1919 from the German director Robert Wiene. Our main task was to look at the background and see how it would influence the story.

Being a silent movie, at first I thought it would be boring, but when it started melancholic as well as creepy melodies keep me so interested in the story of the film. As an old German movie, it uses as background, paintings of german expressionists, and as soon as I saw them I was delighted.
The distorted paintings so characteristics of the german expressionists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, gave an interesting approach to the environment and it gave that extra creepiness to the film. As I said, I loved the background paintings and it was a good example that shows how influential can be the background to the film as a whole. Also the twist in the end of the film was brilliant, it is a thing that is still used nowadays in the film industry, it gave the sensation that the main character had paranoia. it has a enormous influence for the cinema nowadays.

2 comments:

tutorphil said...

Evening Ruben,

Perhaps you can see now why Tim Burton isn't so 'original' after all! :-)

Ruben Alexandre said...

i know that Caligari film caught me in surprise. i really enjoyed it despite being really old.