• Directed by Robert Wiene
  • Starring Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Fehér, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinz v. Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger
  • 1920 | 77mins | Germany | (U)

This performance will feature a live score performed by Hugo Max;

The rich timbre of the viola perfectly captures the aura of Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. My improvisations translate the film’s angular painted shadows into unnerving melodies inspired by musical techniques that were evolving during the 1920s. The nefarious showmanship of Caligari invites theatrical and macabre sounds, in contrast with ghostly gestures evoking ‘the somnambulist’ who is compelled to act against his will.

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI : One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.

At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…

Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it).