Whether intentionally or not, Caligari exposes the soul wavering
between tyranny and chaos, and facing a desperate situation: any
escape from tyranny seems to throw it into a state of utter confusion.
Quite logically, the film spreads an all-pervading atmosphere of
horror. Like the Nazi world, that of CaligariI overflows with sinister
portents, acts of terror and outbursts of panic. The equation of
horror and hopelessness comes to a climax in the final episode which
pretends to re-establish normal life. Except for the ambiguous figure
of the director and the shadowy members of his staff, normality
realizes itself through the crowd of insane moving in their bizarre
surroundings. The normal as a madhouse: frustration could not be
pictured more finally.