I'm a horrible participant of this collective.
I'm late with my entry, Becky already touched upon this film and made she it significantly sexier. I just drew the creepy, fat guy version. Ugh. Anyhoo...
When I was studying MISE EN SCENE for storyboarding, this film (along with Citizen Kane and Casablanca) was used in heavy reference by my instructors on how to properly and effectively use backgrounds/environments to help convey information such as mood, story, subtext, etc. to a scene (in film, it's called 'blocking'; in theatre it's called 'stage design') via compositional elements - typically in one shot. So essentially, it was a study in how to compose a good comic book panel.
If you look up the Wikipedia entry for the term, it even uses a shot from The Cabinet as an example.
I say all of that in order to cover up the fact that I'm not very original and that I'm trying to wow you with technical knowledge about film making shit I still can't do.