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Centennial Anniversary Presentation

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Directed by Robert Wiene

Germany | 77 minutes | 1920

German with English intertitles

Celebrating its centennial, the quintessential German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari takes place in a disorienting landscape where a mad doctor and his sleepwalking captive commit a series of murders. Jolting the postwar masses, the film plunges into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community. Following the Nazi rise to power in Germany a decade later, Wiene, who was of Jewish descent, fled into exile in London, where he and legendary surrealist Jean Cocteau envisioned remaking The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, this time with sound.

The restoration of this German Expressionist masterpiece will be presented with a live music score by sound artist Richard Vergez.

Preceding the screening will be a showcase featuring international short films playing in the Festival's Short Film Competition.

Foreign Title Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
Director Robert Wiene
Countries of Production Germany
Year of Presentation 1920
Language(s) German with English intertitles
Premiere Status Centennial Anniversary Presentation
Runtime 77 minutes
Principal Cast Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher
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