Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari film review

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), a black& white silent film inspired so many people of film making ,famous not only because the horror storyline with twist ending but also about the perspective and composition of the buildings and structure of the scenes.
this is a story start with a young man called Francis and his friend Alan went to an exhibit and during the show,a doctor introduced somnambulist Cesare who sleep for years and years and he have the power to wake hime up. Alan stand up and ask about ''How long i have to live?' he answered '' till dawn tomorrow.''And at that night Alan was murdered,this made Francis start to find out who is the killer, and brought out the following murders.

while i was watching it, the perspective and composition of this film were more attracting to me as i found that even the film was black and white , slow and silent , that still keep a great atmosphere and mood in the film. One of the reason i think that is attractive is the lighting really let people focus in strong comparative and this film also makes me think about Escher who sketching with pencils with many points of perspective in one sketching, with structures and readable,that also shown how powerful of lighting can make things in quality.

And 1920s was also the starting time of Surrealism movement , that gave a big opportunity and spaces to artist  to  explore and create a new definition from the past and written a new page of art movement. ''The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'' also made me think as a surrealistic films , that brought out the aim of the movement from paintings to a film by the time of technology , and i think those are the reason i like this film.

i have also sketched some composition of the scenes during the lecture which i think it could help for my thumbnails inspirations with more references .

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  1. Hi! Well done on getting your first review out there! :)

    You have made some really interesting connections here, between the set design and Escher for example... also your appreciation of the lighting as a means of highlighting and contrasting the elements of the set, and of the characters - well done!
    My main comments to you today concern the use of quotations from published sources, and referencing those sources correctly.
    The brief asks you to use quotes from 3 different sources to underpin your discussion/argument ; these sources can be online or books (or online books!!) - I recommend having a look at Google Books, put in some key words such as the name of the film, director etc, and see what comes up. Similarly with the University library catalogue - you can easily check what books are available. For information on how to introduce the quote and how to 'unpick' it, have a look here -

    Once you have your quotes, and have used them in your writing, you must make sure they are referenced correctly, both within the text and in a bibliography. Images need to be referenced too, again in the text and in an illustrations list - see here for full instructions!

    It is also good to see that you are using the film as a springboard for your own project...I would suggest that it might be good to keep sketchbook work separate from the film reviews though in future, just so that when your project is marked, all your sketches are available to see in their own right. :)

    I am looking forward to your next review!

    1. thank you jackie for your comment and remind :)