Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The

Lists: Horror

Brief Synopsis: "An eerie German silent film from 1920. This classic expressionistic film is known as a landmark in film history becoming famous worldwide from it’s exceptional new wave style of well built and painted grotesque scenery with contrasted lighting along with the painted effect of light and shadows. The film tells a surrealistic story with an unusual end that was a result of censorship."

Overall Ranking: 1499 (Rank from 1920: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 25%
Regular 37.5%
Half-Popped 37.5%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Thomas Pollock90
GuiltyFilm Andrew N85 - One of the great classics from the German expressionist movie era of the 1920’s. This movie has so many iconic moments, a delight for film historians. The classic organ music version is much better if you can find it.
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GuiltyFilm Kevin M70 - Saying Caligari was influential would be the understatement of the year. There's so much dynamic horror work here that it's hard to fathom. There are still many moments that gave me shivers.
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People Involved

  • Conrad Veidt (Cesare)
  • Rudolf Klein-Rogge (ein Verbrecher (a criminal))
  • Werner Krauss (Dr. Caligari)
  • Rudolph Lettinger (Dr. Olsen)
  • Hans Heinrich von Twardowski (Alan)
  • Lil Dagover (Jane Olsen)
  • Friedrich FehĂ©r (Franzis)
  • Hans Lanser-Rudolf (ein alt Mann (an old man))
  • Henri Peters-Arnolds (ein junger Arzt (a young doctor))
  • Ludwig Rex (ein Mörder (a murderer))
  • Elsa Wagner (die Wirtin (the landlady))
  • Robert Wiene (Director)