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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

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

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.

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Un Chien Andalou (1929) – YouTube Film

Un Chien Andalou

The prolific and incredibly bizarre, Un Chien Andalou is a blur of surrealist imagery, transitioning from object to object, scene to scene. Dubbed by film critic Roger Ebert as “the most famous short film ever made,” Un Chien Andalou has earned its title through eccentric connections between images, and the sheer bewilderment felt by its audience. Playing mostly like a lucid, drug-induced dream, the film drifts through situations that one would only find deep within the subconscious of a surrealist master. Directed by the incomparable Louis Buñuel in conjunction with famed Dada/surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, the silent film utilizes special effects and camera tricks to bring their fantastic vision to life.

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