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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari -- A demented hypnotist and his ghastly henchman spread death througout the German countryside. Newly remastered from the archival German material and tinted according to original instructions with evocative score.

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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 »
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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Through the distorting lens of the humankind's feeble grip on sanity See more (191 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 alter Mann (uncredited)
Henri Peters-Arnolds ... Ein junger Arzt (uncredited)

Ludwig Rex ... Ein Mörder (uncredited)
Elsa Wagner ... Die Wirtin (uncredited)

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:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (bw) (1964, 1995) | Germany:18 (1920) | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1993) | USA:Unrated

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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: In the distant shot, the sign at the asylum reads "Insane Asylum," in English. In the close-up, the sigh is written in German (Kino Blu-ray Disc version, may not be present in all editions of the film).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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31 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Through the distorting lens of the humankind's feeble grip on sanity, 19 September 2006
Author: Asa_Nisi_Masa2 from Rome, Italy

Having only started discovering silent movies recently, I don't have more than a handful of other non-talkies to compare it to. This however was not only one of the best, most compelling and unique silents I have seen, but also a great flick overall. It's all been said before, I'm sure, but I'll say it again: this is a milestone of German Expressionist cinema. It is also a class-A mind-phuck movie (excuse my French), one of those stories that'll leave you eternally scratching your head trying to figure out what you've seen, what to believe and what can be a plausible explanation for most of the creepy mysteries you've just witnessed. Right from the very opening scene, seemingly suspended in an otherworldly dimension, maybe somewhere in between life and death, in which the first line spoken is: "There are spirits everywhere", you realise you are in for a spooky ride (this is the ultimate Halloween movie, come to think of it!) Having studied theatre set and costume design at Rome's art school for a year before going to university, I was obviously completely fascinated by the set design choices here. Buildings and furniture, props and painted backdrops are elongated and deformed into blocky, savage, expressionistic, perspective-defying and proportion-less forms. Even the intertitles weren't of the traditional sort. The result is obviously one of unsettling the viewer further into believing themselves suspended in a reality where anything could happen - anything horrible or nightmarish, obviously. Nothing is as it seems, right to the very end. Btw, on a more frivolous note, I thought the character of Cesare the Somnambulist looked uncannily like something that might have influenced Tim Burton into creating Edward Scissorhands, or maybe even more, the look of some of the characters in Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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