The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

German Expressionism uses extreme stylization and often portrays lower class subject matter, angst and paranoia. Set designers Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann, Walter Rohrig adapted the film’s look from art, literature and drama. They were influenced by the subjective and distorted paintings of Edward Munch (The Scream).

These excerpts show the unusual sets used in the movie, combined with the dance-like movements of the actors. This type of film was radically different from those made in Hollywood using natural settings and conventional plot lines.