The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari) is a German silent horror, created in 1920. This is one of the most influential films of German Expressionism, which helps bring the whole film together. The film was about a somnambulist and his leader who were the suspects of the murders happening in the town. However, what I took from the ending of the film was that it was all in someones head who turned out to be the ‘mad’ one.

The architecture in this film was a movement from German expressionism, it had a huge impact on the film. As German expressionism is dark and irrational creating a perfect scene for a silent horror.
The architecture in the film showed both of these characteristics, the buildings were tall, overpowering and sharp angles. The buildings both external and internal would slant in making the residents feel small and locked in. The doors were big and the windows were small, mainly all triangular shapes.
The architecture was like this through the whole film, creating a big atmosphere, until the last scene, when it is revealed that it is all in the mans head, this is when the architecture calms down a little, helping the audience to distinguishing between what was real and what was not.
As a whole I think that the architecture style used helps you realise it is an horror, especially because it is a silent film, German expressionism creates a disorienting and intimidating set. Architecture defiantly connects this film together.


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