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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
April 9th, 2009

1001 Movies to see before you die

Favorite Movie Quote: "You fools, this man is plotting our doom! We die at dawn! He is Caligari!"

A German Expressionist classic with warped sets, lots of shadows, and heavy makeup, this is one of the first modern horror films.

It is also one of the first serious films with a "twist" ending. You never are really sure of what is going on, and you are soon caught up in trying to figure out who is committing the murders.

Two men, Alan and Francis, are rivals for the same girl, Jane (Lil Dagover). After visiting a circus with Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) and his somnambulist Caesar (Conrad Veidt), Alan (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) is murdered. Suspicion, of course, falls on the somnambulist. When the murderer comes to kill Jane, he takes her instead.

After chasing the murderer, Francis (Friedrich Feher) ends up at an insane asylum, where he discovers the Caligari secret.

But does he really discover what is going on?

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