Saturday, October 31, 2020

"Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari" in two Midwestern U.S. newspapers

The 1920 German Expressionist horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is not something that most American audiences, especially those in the Midwestern United States, were ready for. 

It was among the first German films to be screened in the U.S. after World War I, and with its crooked sets and nightmarish imagery, I'm sure it caused much confusion and consternation. (Also, here's an interesting 2014 post on The Daily Mirror blog about protests and bans surrounding the film.)

Here are a couple of looks at how it was touted in two American newspapers in early 1921.
Above: Iowa City Press-Citizen, March 26, 1921

Above: Lawrence (Kansas) Daily Journal-World, March 28, 1921

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