Wednesday, 1 October 2014
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari- Film Review
This film is an in depth vision into psychological well being, as it put's the audience in the perspective of Francis until the last scene. Every aspect of the film itself connects to the mental state of Francis' mind. The design of the set and architecture of the buildings are warped and distorted into strange shapes. It's to reflect the distorted vision that Francis holds, and helps the audience see through his eyes. The set on changes at the end of the film, when it becomes neat and symmetrical in the asylum. This is to symbolize the inanity of Francis being lifted away from the eyes of the audience and showing the true form of the story.
I think that this film is largely influenced by the country and time it was made in. It's post World War in a country plagued with poverty. The survivors of the War suffered from physical and mental disabilities, and in my opinion Caligari interprets the mental state and trauma Germany was suffering at the time by using Francis as an example of mental illness. And like 'A Trip to the Moon,' this film is an escape from reality for the audience of the 1920s.