Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. This is a classic and a first in it’s genre. Many movies since have used the “Genius / Crazy Guy Controls Someone To Do Crazy Things” gimmick.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Also Known As: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
Released: 19 Mar 1921
Directed By: Robert Wiene
Written By: Carl Mayer (story and screen play by), Hans Janowitz (story and screen play by)
Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover