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The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari

5

Wiene's masterpiece returns to the big screen

A welcome 4K restoration of Robert Wiene’s 1920 expressionist masterpiece, with the angular painted sets, skewed perspectives and grotesque make-up now scrubbed and polished to take us deeper still into a nightmare in a damaged brain.

The tale of a carnival barker (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murder, it captures the gloom of a Germany emerging from WW1 and is cited as boasting cinema’s first twist ending. Other areas of innovation and influence are often overstated, but its silent scream still registers.

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