With twisted and bizarre sets, eccentric acting and a dark psychological tone, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a revolutionary piece of filmmaking whose presence can be felt throughout cinema history. As one of the first German Expressionist films, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is also one of the earliest examples of framed narrative [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frame_story] and twist ending represented on film. A completely new way of approaching moving pictures, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a must watch for lovers of the art of film.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari begins with Francis (Friedrich Feher) describing a recent turmoil he suffered in his hometown. Flashing back to the beginning of the annual fair in Holstenwall, the mysterious Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) arrived to display his prized attraction; a somnambulist (sleepwalker) named Cesare (Conrad Veidt). A series of bizarre murders begin to take place, and the town is gripped with fear. Francis looses his best friend, Alan (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski), to the mysterious killer, and his fiancé, Jane (Lil Dagover), is stricken with shock after being kidnapped by the deranged madman.