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Director:
Writers:
Carl Mayer (story) and
Hans Janowitz (story)
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Release Date:
19 March 1921 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The most amazing story ever screened. See more »
Plot:
Dr. Caligari's somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Incredible! See more (165 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Werner Krauss ... Dr. Caligari

Conrad Veidt ... Cesare
Friedrich Feher ... Francis (as Friedrich Fehér)

Lil Dagover ... Jane Olsen
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Alan (as Hans Heinrich v. Twardowski)
Rudolf Lettinger ... Dr. Olsen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Ein Verbrecher (uncredited)
Hans Lanser-Rudolf ... Ein alt Mann (uncredited)
Henri Peters-Arnolds ... Ein junger Arzt (uncredited)
Ludwig Rex ... Ein Mörder (uncredited)
Elsa Wagner ... Die Wirtin (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Wiene 
 
Writing credits
Carl Mayer (story and screen play by) and
Hans Janowitz (story and screen play by)

Produced by
Rudolf Meinert .... producer (uncredited)
Erich Pommer .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alfredo Antonini 
Giuseppe Becce (premiere)
Timothy Brock (1996)
Richard Marriott (1987)
Lothar Prox (1985)
Rainer Viertelboeck (1993)
 
Cinematography by
Willy Hameister (photography)
 
Production Design by
Walter Reimann (design)
Walter Röhrig (design)
Hermann Warm (design)
 
Set Decoration by
Hermann Warm (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Reimann (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rochus Gliese .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Timothy Brock .... music produced by (1996)
 
Other crew
Katherine Hilliker .... intertitler
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
France:78 min | Spain:50 min | USA:67 min | USA:51 min (video version) | Spain:73 min (DVD version)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:U | Germany:12 (bw) (1964, 1995) | Germany:18 (1920) | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1993) | USA:Unrated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When it premiered, the film was jeered and was withdrawn. Decla-Bioskop worked up a new promotional campaign and reopened it at Marmorhaus, another Berlin theater and was a success.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Alan and Francis part company, they are initially right next to each other, but then at arm's reach.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Man in garden:Spirits surround us on every side... they have driven me from hearth and home, from wife and child.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shutter Island (2010)See more »

FAQ

Any recommendations for early German movies similar to "The Cabinet of Dr Caligari"?
Can "The Cabinet of Dr Caligari" be considered an Expressionist movie?
Could this movie be considered the first zombie movie?
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39 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Incredible!, 15 February 2001
Author: Gird_09 (dead_but_happy@golfmail.com) from Oslo, Norway

The psychotic dreamscapes of this movie are so intense it has lost none of it's original power over the years. The scenery alone makes this film a unique experience well beyond what modern film has produced.

I often say, and I will say it again: German films from this period are the best - ever! And this one is the best of them all!

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