The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Director: Robert Wiene Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover

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Overview

In one of the most influential films of the silent era, Werner Krauss plays the title character, a sinister hypnotist who travels the carnival circuit displaying a somnambulist named Cesare (Conrad Veidt). In one tiny German town, a series of murders coincides with Caligari's visit. When the best friend of hero Francis (Friedrich Feher) is killed, the deed seems to be the outgrowth of a romantic rivalry over the hand of the lovely Jane (Lil Dagover). Francis suspects Caligari, but he is ignored by the police. Investigating on his own, Francis seemingly discovers that Caligari has been ordering the somnambulist to commit the murders, but the story eventually takes a more surprising direction. The film's twisting plot takes its cue from its Expressionist style, which uses distorted perspectives to mirror the characters' extreme emotional states. The village is a maze of painted sets, filled with unnatural shapes and angles, the actors' movements are highly stylized, and everyone wears thick, grotesque makeup. Through the rest of the silent era, and on into such talkies as Frankenstein (1931), Svengali (1931), and Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), audiences were treated to such Caligariesque devices as spider-like shadows, bizarre makeup and lighting effects, and zombie-like characterizations. Caligari's Expressionist style ultimately led to the dark shadows and sharp angles of the film noir urban crime dramas of the 1940s, many of which were directed by such German émigrés as Billy Wilder and Robert Siodmak.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2016
UPC: 0885444714948
Original Release: 1920
Source: Mr Fat - W Video
Time: 1:07:00
Sales rank: 38,265

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Werner Krauss Dr. Caligari
Conrad Veidt Cesare
Lil Dagover Jane
Friedrich Feher Francis
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Alan
Rudolf Lettinger Dr. Olson
Henri Peters-Arnolds Actor
Ludwig Rex Actor
Elsa Wagner Actor
Rudolf Klein-Rogge A Criminal

Technical Credits
Robert Wiene Director
Willy Hameister Cinematographer
Hans Janowitz Screenwriter
Carl Mayer Screenwriter
Erich Pommer Producer
Walter Reimann Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Walter Röhrig Production Designer
Peter Schirmann Score Composer
Hermann Warm Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

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Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MomKatt_Ticia More than 1 year ago
This classic influenced SO many future films and still stands today as one of the finest examples of German Expressionism ever created. Plus ... Conrad Veidt! Anyone who professes to love movies and hasn't seen "Caligari" needs to correct that deficiency right away. A "must" staple for any serious film collector or lover of horror.
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