Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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Director: Robert Wiene

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

     
 

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Arguably the most influential film of the German Expressionist movement, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The viewer can choose between two different musical scores. Supplemental materials include another film directed by Robert Wiene, and a collection of

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Arguably the most influential film of the German Expressionist movement, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The viewer can choose between two different musical scores. Supplemental materials include another film directed by Robert Wiene, and a collection of still photos. This is an excellent disc for any film enthusiast.

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All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a towering landmark film in cinematic history; it had a profound stylistic impact on much of German cinema before WWII, it was the progenitor of the moody chiaroscuro look of 1940s film noir, and, according to Siegfried Kracauer in his seminal book From Caligari to Hitler, it was a harbinger of the rise of Naziism. Originally scripted as a bizarre fever dream about the sick soul of Weimar Germany, Caligari had a prologue and epilogue added over the objections of screenwriters Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz that explained the tale as the ramblings of a madman. Though its political subtext may have been subordinated, its artistic achievements remained potent. Marked by off-kilter sets, lighting, and costumes, the visual style of Caligari brilliantly fuses into a seamless exterior projection of the narrator's demented interior state of mind. The acting is similarly stylized, featuring striking performances by Werner Krauss as the sinister Dr. Caligari and Conrad Veidt as his somnambulist plaything. The international success of Caligari spawned a series of Expressionistic films, including such prominent works as Der Golem (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and Metropolis (1927). Its canted grotesque look has proven a major influence on such diverse directors as Kenji Mizoguchi, Kenneth Anger, and Tim Burton. In spite of its age, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a hypnotic masterpiece that still manages to unnerve and provoke.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
UPC:
0738329025427
Original Release:
1920
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:15:00

Special Features

43 minute condensation of Robert Wiene's Genuine: The Tale of a Vampire (1920); Behind the scenes footage of Robert Wiene on the set of I.N.R.I.; Two musical scores; Gallery of more than 40 photos, posters and production sketches; New and improved English subtitles translation

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue
2. Fair in Holstenwall
3. Cesare's Prophecy
4. Alan's Murder
5. Distress
6. Suspect Apprehended
7. Confronting the Hypnotist
8. Jane's Inquiry
9. Night Visitor
10. The Thing in the Box
11. A Dream Fulfilled
12. Familiar Faces

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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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