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The Madness of Dr. Caligari Paperback – November 15, 2016
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The film, and the stories, bring up some deep themes:
Who is mad and who is sane? Who is asleep and who is awake? What is real and what is not?
How do some people control others? Why do some people allow, or even desire, themselves to be controlled?
How does living in a physically or psychologically distorted environment distort one’s perceptions and personality?
These subjects are well worth considering, and the stories offer a number of interesting perspectives on them. However, I did not find the stories themselves particularly memorable. Some of the best writing, I thought, was in the three stories that focused on the distortions built into the town in which Caligari takes place (which I also found to be the most effective part of the movie): “Confessions of a Medicated Lurker,” “The Mayor of Ephemera,” and “The Righteousness of Conical Men.” I also appreciated the background information on Lang’s film and others related to it that appeared in the first and last stories.
This book is by no means bad, but I would recommend it mainly to fans of the Caligari film or those who wish to think about the interesting issues it raises.
The 22 tales in this story will pull out what your imagination finds terrifying. They will pluck at your nerves until each one has been properly exposed. They will temper your ability at rationing the irrational. And they will see how far down the rabbit hole you are willing to go.
These tales are not for the faint hearted, not in the sense of visceral nature, though for some stories it does certainly add to the ever steeping dread that permeates. They are fantastical, maddening, horrifying. And none stray from what Caligari's madness truly is capable of. Or the incarnations of stories brought to life from what this fictitious madman has done in laying the foundations from which these tales are founded upon.
The authors in this book serve a written send up of what the original did in the realm of horror. They paid strenuous attention to details both big and small and the nuances and underlying tones and and themes. These men and women have looked quite closely with absolute scrutiny and feverish detail into the original tale that is over 100 years old to bring about their interpretations through their imaginations.
Ahh, there's that word again. Imagination. Did it or didn't it? Real or not? It captivates doesn't it? It can become rather frightening even if you don't keep aware of where your reality is. That is, if you are actually still aware of what reality is. Right? Much like where you might find yourself reading this book. Endlessly going fourth with sea legs and off footing. You did want to know what was inside Dr. Caligari's cabinet afterall, didn't you?
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