History Film / TheCabinetOfDrCaligari

11th Feb '16 8:01:23 PM WillBGood
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* AndYouWereThere: Most of the characters turn out to have real-world counterparts hanging around the asylum. The absence of an equivalent for Allan implies that although the bulk of the film wasn't completely accurate, it [[OrWasItADream wasn't a total fantasy]], either.

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* AndYouWereThere: Most of the characters turn out to have real-world counterparts hanging around the asylum. The absence of an equivalent for Allan Alan implies that although the bulk of the film wasn't completely accurate, it [[OrWasItADream wasn't a total fantasy]], either.



* TheKillerInMe: It's very subtly implied -- through the LoveTriangle at the beginning, the ShadowDiscretionShot of Allan's murder, Allan's absence from the final scenes at the asylum, and the revelation that Francis is insane -- that Allan's murder may have been the only true part of Francis' story, in which case, Francis himself was probably the killer.

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* TheKillerInMe: It's very subtly implied -- through the LoveTriangle at the beginning, the ShadowDiscretionShot of Allan's Alan's murder, Allan's Alan's absence from the final scenes at the asylum, and the revelation that Francis is insane -- that Allan's Alan's murder may have been the only true part of Francis' story, in which case, Francis himself was probably the killer.



* LooksLikeCesare: {{C|aptainObvious}}es[[TropeMakers are]].

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* LooksLikeCesare: {{C|aptainObvious}}es[[TropeMakers are]].The TropeMaker.



* SacrificialLamb: Allan, murdered by Cesare to kick the plot into gear.

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* SacrificialLamb: Allan, Alan, murdered by Cesare to kick the plot into gear.



* ShadowDiscretionShot: The murder of Allan. Remember, we never actually ''see'' Cesare in that scene. See TheKillerInMe below.

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* ShadowDiscretionShot: The murder of Allan.Alan. Remember, we never actually ''see'' Cesare in that scene. See TheKillerInMe below.
21st Jan '16 1:47:23 AM Menshevik
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Silent [[GermanExpressionism expressionist]] {{horror}} film made in 1920 UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}, starring Creator/WernerKrauss as the titular mad doctor and Creator/ConradVeidt (the bad guy from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}...'' Oh, and [[Literature/TheManWhoLaughs the original]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]]) as the fortune-telling sleepwalker Cesare [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay (pronounced "cheh-ZAR-ay")]], who lives inside the cabinet.

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Silent [[GermanExpressionism expressionist]] {{horror}} film made in 1920 UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}, starring Creator/WernerKrauss as the titular mad doctor and Creator/ConradVeidt (the bad guy from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}...'' Oh, and [[Literature/TheManWhoLaughs the original]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]]) as the fortune-telling sleepwalker Cesare [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay (pronounced "cheh-ZAR-ay")]], "CHEH-zah-ray")]], who lives inside the cabinet.



* DastardlyWhiplash: Caligari is a hook-nosed man in a top hat and black cape. He doesn't have the moustache, but he almost makes up for that with his impressive sideburns.

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* DastardlyWhiplash: Caligari is a hook-nosed man in a top hat and black cape.cape (an Inverness coat (called "Havelock" in German) to be precise). He doesn't have the moustache, but he almost makes up for that with his impressive sideburns.



* KubrickStare: The anonymous attempted murderer (played by an uncredited Creator/RudolfKleinRogge, of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' fame) gives one from his cell.

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* KubrickStare: The anonymous attempted murderer (played by an uncredited Creator/RudolfKleinRogge, of ''Film/DrMabuseTheGambler'' and ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' fame) gives one from his cell.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: If you meet a guy who is named after one of the Borgias, don't mess with him.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: If you meet a guy who is may be named after one of the Borgias, don't mess with him.
22nd Oct '15 8:44:32 AM AnneElliotsCat
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* CuckooNest: The film represents one of the most notable uses of this trope where the character being told his account of events is just a hallucination really ''is'' insane. None of Francis' version of events really happened (or at least not as he described them); they were, instead, the literal ramblings of a madman.

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* CuckooNest: The film represents one of the most notable uses of this trope where the character being told his account of events is just a hallucination really ''is'' insane. None of Francis' version of events really happened (or at least not as he described them); they were, instead, the literal ramblings of a madman. Unless, of course, they aren't...
13th Aug '15 5:27:55 PM Diogenetic
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* RoomFullOfCrazy: Or Scenery Full of Crazy -- Dr. Caligari hallucinates the phrase "DU MUSST CALIGARI WERDEN" (YOU MUST BE CALIGARI) appearing all over the scenery once he gets the inspiration to mimic the legendary Dr. Caligari.

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* RoomFullOfCrazy: Or Scenery Full of Crazy -- Dr. Caligari hallucinates the phrase "DU MUSST CALIGARI WERDEN" (YOU MUST BE BECOME CALIGARI) appearing all over the scenery once he gets the inspiration to mimic the legendary Dr. Caligari.
8th Jul '15 6:31:07 PM ConMan1226
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'''Note: Unmarked spoilers below!'''
24th Apr '15 1:20:28 PM PhoenixAvalon
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10th Apr '15 11:48:21 AM wootzits
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In addition to being the first {{psychological thriller}}, this movie also received one of the first-ever ViralMarketing campaigns for a movie: Before its premiere, German streets were plastered with posters that read "Du mußt Caligari werden!" ("You must be Caligari!") without telling you anything about the fact that they tied in to a movie.

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In addition to being the first {{psychological thriller}}, this movie also received one of the first-ever ViralMarketing campaigns for a movie: Before its premiere, German streets were plastered with posters that read "Du mußt Caligari werden!" ("You must be become Caligari!") without telling you anything about the fact that they tied in to a movie.
25th Feb '15 12:14:10 PM mlsmithca
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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Alan's murder resolves the love triangle of which he is a part with Jane and Francis. See TheKillerInMe below.

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Alan's murder resolves the love triangle of which he is a part with Jane and Francis. See TheKillerInMe below.
25th Feb '15 12:12:48 PM mlsmithca
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This movie is frequently homaged by music videos (see Music/RobZombie's "Living Dead Girl", Music/{{Rainbow}}'s "Can't Let You Go" and "Otherside" by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers.) In 2005, it received an indie remake starring Creator/DougJones, of ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' fame, which digitally imposed the new actors onto the original set. (Perhaps not coincidentally, Creator/DougJones also had a small role in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/BatmanReturns'', a movie that owes a ''lot'' to the German Expressionist style.)

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This movie is frequently homaged by music videos (see Music/RobZombie's "Living Dead Girl", Music/{{Rainbow}}'s "Can't Let You Go" and "Otherside" by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers.) Music/RedHotChiliPeppers). In 2005, it received an indie remake starring Creator/DougJones, of ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' fame, which digitally imposed the new actors onto the original set. (Perhaps not coincidentally, Creator/DougJones also had a small role in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/BatmanReturns'', a movie that owes a ''lot'' to the German Expressionist style.)



* BedlamHouse: The asylum in which Francis is revealed to be an inmate at the end of the film is only slightly less surreal than the sets in the story he is telling his fellow inmate. (The cell in which Caligari is thrown at the end of Francis' story notably re-appears as the cell in which Francis himself is thrown when he attacks "Caligari.")

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* BedlamHouse: The asylum in which Francis is revealed to be an inmate at the end of the film is only slightly less surreal than the sets in the story he is telling his fellow inmate. (The cell in which Caligari is thrown at the end of Francis' story notably re-appears as the cell in which Francis himself is thrown when he attacks "Caligari.")"Caligari".)



* CuckooNest: The film represents one of the most notable uses of this trope where the character being told his account of events is just a hallucination really ''is'' insane. None of Francis' version of events really happened (or at least not as he described them;) they were, instead, the literal ramblings of a madman.

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* CuckooNest: The film represents one of the most notable uses of this trope where the character being told his account of events is just a hallucination really ''is'' insane. None of Francis' version of events really happened (or at least not as he described them;) them); they were, instead, the literal ramblings of a madman.



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Caligari is a subversion, since the character turns out to be a fairly harmless psychiatrist (maybe,) and Francis is perceiving him as a DiabolicalMastermind.

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Caligari is a subversion, since the character turns out to be a fairly harmless psychiatrist (maybe,) (maybe), and Francis is perceiving him as a DiabolicalMastermind.
25th Feb '15 8:15:38 AM mlsmithca
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!!This movie provides examples of various tropes, [[spoiler:and subverts most of them by the end]]:

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!!This movie provides examples of various tropes, [[spoiler:and subverts most of them by the end]]:
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