Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

by David Robinson


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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, with its jagged, stylized sets, evocative shadows, and themes of murder, madness, and delirium, remains the source and essence of German Expressionist Cinema. Fusing carnival spectacle with the paranoia of the psychological thriller, it centers on the haunting, sexually ambivalent presence of Conrad Veidt, as a somnambulist exploited as an instrument of murder by the sinister Dr. Caligari.
David Robinson challenges long-accepted versions of the history of reception of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, redefining its relationship to the larger phenomenon of Expressionist art. His reassessment of the relative contributions of director and writer becomes a fascinating detective story, as he investigates in-depth the status and significance of the recently rediscovered scenario for Caligari.

Author Biography: David Robinson is a film critic, historian of popular performing arts, and Director of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780851706450
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 12/28/1997
Series: BFI Film Classics Series
Pages: 8
Product dimensions: 5.41(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

DAVID ROBINSON is a film critic, historian, author and director of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. His many books include World Cinema: A Short History (1973; 1981) and Chaplin: His Life and Art (1985; 1992; 2001).

Table of Contents

Foreword.- 1. The Making of 'Caligari': 'The Story of a Famous Story' Revised.- 2. 'Caligari', the Film.- 3. 'Caligari' in its Time.- 4. The 'Caligari' Legacy.- 5. Appendix: The Two 'Caligaris': A Comparison of the Scenario and the Completed Film.- Notes.- Credits.- Bibliography.

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