Joy (cithra) wrote,

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so, the magic cabinet...

I had never seen The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, though I knew it to be one of those films everyone refers to, and I knew the title. Made in 1919/1920, it must perforce be considered as a period piece as the strokes of the characters are rather broad, in the pantomime-like style of the silent film.
Ah, but the sets! Truly fantastic and bizarre, with triangular doors, twisty streets, strange stripy spires... Oh yes, Ted Geisel saw this film at an impressionable time, I am certain.

The showing last night was great - the Theremin accompaniment was very appropriate (if a trifle loud at times) and truly added to the atmosphere. It was fascinating to watch the audience being drawn in to the film, as I was myself - there was good natured laughter at the abruptness of the opening and some of the more play-like aspects of the initial scenes, but by Act III of the IV people had been drawn into and adjusted to the milieu and the older cinematic conventions.

I'm glad I went. I was having some doubts standing in line in the alley, but I'm pleased I persevered.

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