Similar Images #7


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
(Robert Wiene; 1920)



Frankenstein
(James Whale; 1931)

5 comments:

Vanwall said...

"Frankenstein" had its moments of a rather mechanical beauty, intended I'm sure, but nothing was like "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" for sheer astonishing visuals - every scene was like a work of art, even the most pedestrian ones. When everyone had to communicate visually back then, most pics were treading carefully and threw a few feints - "Caligari" was almost brute force, with a number of knockouts.

swac said...

I know I was being Captain Obvious with this particular post, but rewatched both recently, and felt compelled to put them up.

You're right, there are very few scenes in Caligari that aren't striking in some way, heck even the intertitles are visually impressive. Frankenstein still stands up for me though, although I'm still trying to figure out why the hell John Boles is in that picture.

Jared said...

This is a similar idea, but with much tighter framing. (Speaking of astonishing images.)

swac said...

Oh to be sure, and I don't doubt Caligari was an obvious influence in both cases.

Although I still wonder if Cocteau saw the Popeye cartoon in a previous installment of this series...

Richard Gibson said...

Excellent stuff!