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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

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In this book, David Robinson challenges long accepted versions of the history and reception of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, and seeks to redefine its relationship to the larger phenomenon of Expressionist art.
Paperback, 79 pages
Published December 27th 1997 by British Film Institute
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Andrew Garvey
David Robinson’s brief, clearly argued revisionist study of the 1920 expressionist horror film classic is, for the most part, persuasive. Based around the discovery in the 1980s of the only surviving script, he exposes a fair few myths about the film’s meaning, its box office success and just who deserves credit for its innovations and enduring importance.

Far from being a ‘difficult’ art house film, on its release, Das Cabinet… was a major hit in Germany. And its visual style came not from any b
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Another volume in the BFI Film Classics series, this describes the origin of the film with a concentration on the comparison of the finished film with the screenplay, which had recently been published when the book was written. The discussion of the film itself is not particularly good; Robinson seems to want to diminish its importance and originality.
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Really gives the film some interesting context. The author demythologizes many of the legends surrounding the making of this classic, and gives a blow-by-blow comparison of the script and the finished movie. An interesting read for anyone interested in the history of cinema.
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I loved this film as a teenager and was fascinated by its style, its story, and the spooky quality that seems to be inherent in all silent films of that time, including "Nosferatu".
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David Robinson (born 1930) is a British film critic and author. He started writing for Sight and Sound and the Monthly Film Bulletin in the 1950s, becoming Assistant Editor of Sight and Sound and Editor of the Monthly Film Bulletin in 1957-1958. He was film critic of The Fi
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