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Inside Caligari and The Last Laugh The films The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and The Last Laugh were very important films They opened new doors to cinema They showed the world that films dont have to leave you feeling really good about life and the world we live in By this I mean that the two films listed above tell the viewers about the power people posses and the misuse of that power There are different ways to misuse power the rich take power for granted and in Caligaris case well he madly misuses his status as the head doctor of the asylum My basic idea for this essay is to show that power is derived from different sources money status attitude and appearance however that power isnt always used for the best purposes The films use expressionistic devices to support my thesis in ways that compare to and appose one another In Caligari there were several instances where expressionism was used The set of Caligari was the first obvious expressionistic device used The shadows on the set were perfect for the somnambulist Cesare to stalk his unsuspecting victims He gained control of all of his prey by using the set to blend and then emerge with element of surprise He had a dark unrealistic look that fit in with the dark shadows that were sometimes painted onto the set Cesares victims had nowhere to hide however he had everywhere to hide Basically the set portrayed the atmosphere of the movie black warped and fairly unrealistic The slanted Singleton 2 buildings and the painted backdrops and walkways gave the viewer the initial sense of something wrong in their midst The Last Laugh didnt try to make the viewer feel awkward but it did use its set to give the viewer a strong shift in emotion At the beginning the doorman was on top of the world in his position but after he was unable
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