Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Space Oddities: Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari (1920) Film Review

Fig 1, 'Das Cabinet Des Dr Calidari' front Cover Artwork 

*'Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari' *was being made in 1920 has a large influence in the arts. The stage like composition in the scenes such as when Franics and Jane are sat around her table are distinctly Berkoffin. Another person has drawn inspiration from the film Tim Burton and Cesare is a timelessly designed character which is not too dissimlar from Edward Scissor Hands. The way of the scene works where Cresare takes Jane across the rooftops to composed with false warped depth and the jagged angles apparent throughout the film  and also reminded me of Burton and other surrealist modern directors.the environment of the film related has some landscape of sharp angles.

The film is open in the German town of Holstenwall, it seen the drawing as house like shrieks climbing a in the steep hill. After a prologue a story is told a sideshow operator named Caligari (Werner Krauss). He arrives at the fair to the exhibit of Somnambulist a man who claim has been sleeping since his birth 23 years ago. The figure named Cesare ( Conrad Veidt) was sleeping in a coffin and his hand- fed by the crazed looking doctor, who claims he can answer any question. (Ebert, R (2009)


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Fig 1 Das Cabinet Des Dr Calidari front Cover Artwork (Assessed 23/09/2015)
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Ebert, R (2009) (Assessed 23/09/2015) (Assessed 23/09/2015)


  1. Hi Dinesh,

    Well done on getting your first review on here. What you need to do is look again at your project brief - and the instructions about how to structure your reviews; you're asked to use 3 quotes, for example, which you're missing here. You really need to review your writing more before you publish, as there are a number of spelling mistakes and typos here; for example, you're writing 'Assessed' instead of 'Accessed' in you bibliography. I notice you've also included a student's review in your bibliography (Livi Wilmore), though it's not clear 'how' you've used it in your work. Can I suggest that you don't quote from student reviews of the films we watch, but rather look to more 'official' sources for your information - for instance, from journals, published articles and professional film critics.

    Berkoffin? What does it mean, Dinesh? You need to explain this for your readers,

  2. Hi Dinesh,

    Yes, I agree with Phil - well done on publishing your first review. The first one is always the hardest :)

    As well as what Phil has suggested, I would say that you should also include more images, as this will help you talk about things more easily. For example, the image you have used here, could be directly referred to within the text; so you could say something like,' The buildings are distorted, which gives the viewer a sense of confusion, as seen in figure 1'.