THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)
[DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI]
With its bizarre angles and aura of insanity, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI is the ultimate German Expressionist movie — a psychological thriller with stylized sets, distorting mirrors and a cruel chiaroscuro. Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss), a pretentious fairground huckster, arrives in a new town along with the mysterious Cesare (Conrad Veidt), a somnambulist who, in his trancelike state, carries out unspeakable crimes at the diabolical doctor's command. "[The sets] vibrate with an extraordinary spirituality…but what matters is the states of anxiety and terror." – Lotte Eisner. DIR Robert Wiene; SCR Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz; PROD Rudolf Meinert, Erich Pommer. Germany, 1920, b&w, 75 min. Silent with English intertitles. NOT RATED
4K digital restoration courtesy of the F. W. Murnau Foundation in collaboration with the German Federal Film Archive and L'Immagine Ritrovata Film Restoration & Conservation.
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