|The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari|
|Title:||The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari|
|Directed by:||Robert Wiene|
|Written by:||Hans Janowitz|
|Produced by:||Rudolf Meinert|
|Music by:||Alfredo Antonini|
|Distributed by:||Decla-Bioscop AG|
Goldwyn Distributing Company
|Released:||February 26th, 1920|
|Running time:||71 min.|
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, translated as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, is a German horror film directed by Robert Wiene, based upon a screenplay developed by Hans Janowitz and a script by Carl Mayer. It is considered a hallmark of German Expressionism during the silent era and stands as one of the earliest feature films of the horror genre. The film was remade in 1962 by Roger Kay and again in 2005 by David Lee Fisher. The plot of the film focuses on the evil scientist Doctor Caligari who uses his mind-controlled puppet Cesare to carry out acts of murder.
|Werner Krauss||Doctor Caligari|
|Lil Dagover||Jane Olsen|
|Hans Heinrich v. Twardowski||Alan|
|Rudolf Lettinger||Doctor Olsen|
|Rudolf Klein-Rogge||A criminal|
|Hans Lanser-Rudolf||Old man|
|Henri Peters-Arnolds||Young doctor|
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is considered one of the earliest films of the horror genre and a hallmark of German expressionism.
- Filming on Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari began in December of 1919 and concluded in January, 1920. The movie was shot at a studio in Lixie-Atelier, Weißensee in Berlin, Germany.
- Premiered theatrically in the United States on March 19th, 1921. Four minutes of footage was trimmed out of the US print.
- This film is in the public domain.
- The movie also stands out as being one of the first examples of using a framing sequence for the narrative.
- Director Robert Wiene has also worked with noted director F.W. Murnau, famous for directing the 1922 silent classic, Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens.
- Cesare is often and incorrectly regarded as a zombie when he is in fact a somnabulist.