Here’s some more interesting notes on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, from www.filmmonthly.com. Jon Sebastien is maybe a little too harsh on American filmmakers of 1920 (no deeper than a puddle?), but he more distinctly draws the direct line to from Caligari to Tim Burton, specifically Edward Scissorhands.
TCM is airing The Big Heat today at 1 p.m. Set your DVR because this one is a keeper. In the meantime, follow the links for some thoughtful writing on this 1953 Fritz Lang classic, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, and Lee Marvin.
- “Percolating Paranoia: Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat”
- “The Big Heat (1953): Film Noir as Social Criticism”
- “The Big Heat (1953)”
- “Review: The Big Heat”
I came across this interesting piece on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, titled “Expression and Character in the Movements of Cesare.” If you agree with Nancy Thuleen’s basic thesis, you have to rethink the level of sophistication inherent in this film. To denote character by differing styles of movement is a big leap for 1920, but I see her point.