Year of Release: ~1920
Rated: Not Rated
Director: Robert Wiene
Approx. Running Time: Hollywood Classics: 52 minutes, Kino: 75 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover (Hollywood Classics):
This earliest and purest of German expressionist film tells the fascinating and frightening encounter of two students with Dr. Caligari, a hypnotist with a very twisted mind, and his victim who carries out the doctor's evil orders.
I must say I was completely shocked by the quality of this silent - yes, SILENT - movie. I've seen many films with stunning and unforgettable visuals but I never expected to see it in one this old. The surreal style of the sets really suits the paranoia and insanity of the film's premise and characters. Truly an extraordinary movie.
I have two different releases of this movie in my collection because the transfer quality on the Hollywood Classics release isn't great and I'd read that the Kino release was better. However the Kino release has some color tinting to it that I don't particularly care for, it's also a bit longer (though doesn't seem to include any more footage than the other, it just seems to have more text, or maybe it just pauses longer on the text portions).
Incidentally, I'm not sure exactly when this movie came out. Netflix lists it as 1919, IMDb lists it as 1920 and Amazon lists it as 1921.
Not Rated (MPAA)
1920 (Year Of Release)