The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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In Brief: The Asheville Film Society has scheduled an October celebration of the horror film to coincide with Frank Thompson's month-long lecture series on the genre's history at the Asheville School of Film. We're kicking things off with what arguably constitutes the first "true" horror film, 1920's The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari. While earlier examples of films with the trappings of the horror genre undeniably exist, none of them so explicitly embrace the twisted worldview and unrelenting despair that would define horror films in the ensuing century. Even at almost 100 years old, Caligari is still a deeply disturbing film, owing not only to its subject matter but also to its status as possibly the earliest cinematic example of German Expressionism — this film demands to be seen on the big screen, if only to maximize the impact of its bizarrely distorted backgrounds. The significance and influence of Caligari on the development of modern film is almost impossible to overstate, and it is absolutely essential viewing for anybody with an interest in film history in general and horror movies in particular.
Genre: Horror
Director: Robert Wiene
Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Friedrich Feher
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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