|Fig. 1 Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)|
However, it is later discovered Francis' story about Caligari is in fact nothing but a fragment of his imagination, using people in the asylum as characters in his story. "'Caligari' creates a mindscape, a subjective psychological fantasy. In this world, unspeakable horror becomes possible," (Ebert, 2009). This inability to distinguish between reality and imagination is perhaps why The Cabinet of Caligari is considered to be the first true horror film.
Weine skillfully uses sharp architecture, high contrast lighting and various other elements mentioned above to make the viewer believe what they are seeing at first, but later coming to the realization it was all an illusion. Making people question themselves and what they think is reality makes The Cabinet of Caligari a classic film that still inspires horror films to this day.
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Figure 1. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920) [Poster] At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari-1920 (Accessed on 22/09/2015)
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