Dr. Caligari

Rating: 7/10

I wasn’t exactly sold on this movie. Most of it comes across as a sophomore art project with cheap sets, bad acting, and indecipherable dialogue. I saw many a performance art pieces while I was in art school that felt exactly like this. But there came a point about halfway through when I began to appreciate it. I was fully aware that it was using the style of German expressionist cinema and that everything was very deliberately exaggerated and, doggone it, even those cheap sets began to look cool by the end. I still don’t really get what the point of it all was, but there are some genuinely hilarious moments (in a sort of John Waters sense of hilarity) that make it worth a watch.

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