Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1919/20)


Personal opinion: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is, par excellence, the definitive Veidt film. Conrad used to say: “No matter what roles I play, I can’t get Caligari out of my system”. When people hear about Caligari, they automatically recall the names Conrad Veidt and Werner Krauss, or at least they remember the tall, thin Somnabulist and the strange, sinister Doctor Caligari. “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is the best-known Expressionist film, and it is one of the most famous creations in the history of the German silent cinema. Much has been written over the time about this extremely controversial and popular motion picture, and there were and still are many people around the world who are simply fascinated by this particular film, and so they get to know the great actor Conrad Veidt and become more and more interested to find some other films of his, a.s.o. In the world of cinema there are actors who become iconic owing to a certain character, and in Conrad’s case we are obviously talking about the Somnabulist Cesare. In other words, I would say that Cesare made Connie the Caesar of the German cinema.


4 thoughts on “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1919/20)

  1. I know He is considerated the most amazing german expresionist actor ever… And as He catch my attention I started to read, and read and I discover that The Gabinet of Dr. Caligari was a inspiration of many things we asctually know.. but sometimes people dont know… like the entire style of talented people like Tim Burton or Bob Cane (one of the Co- creators of Batman) who used german expressionism as inspiration… like Caligari, Batman, Nosferatu, etc…
    Cesare is one of my fave Conrad’s characters too, well I like the idea of a crazy sonambulist who really isnt crazy… or maybe … yes.. But at all He’s still tender, He being a controlled sonambullist can felt in love and everithing… He looks so cute everytime and in the end I really love the scene of the flowers! also i have to say he looks so cute when he was asleep and when Caligari feeds him n.n thee hee hee

  2. Thank you so much for reviewing all these films. I follow this website since a while, although this is the first time I comment. I always felt, since the first time I watched films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or The Man Who Laughs, that Conrad was a fascinating character and a great actor, and today not as well remmembered as he would deserve. Besides, Cesare was one of my first platonic loves from cinema.


  3. Thank you so much for reviewing all these films, some of them, very rare today. Since the first time I watched films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or The Man Who Laughs, I was fascinated, and felt that Conrad was one of the greatest actors of that period, and not remmembered today as much he would deserve.


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