The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

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X was the real YIt turns out that sleep was the real monster.

I enjoyed this a lot more than Nosferatu. Part of it was that more happened in the movie but a lot of it was just the set design.

The set design in this movie was really good, and helped out in several different ways. The stark contrasting colours, odd angles, and weird curves gave the film a distinct and somewhat surreal feel, made static shots more interesting, and helped disguise how small sets actually were (fairly large casts of extras also helped on this front).

I didn't love the film (it's still pretty slow and light) but I was definitely surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.