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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari -- Years ahead of its time, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a true accomplishment of German Expressionism. A silent crime thriller that has withstood the test of time and is now available on demand

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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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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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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:U | 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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Finnish censorship certificate T-11308 (video) delivered on 9-9-1993.See more »
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Continuity: When Alan and Francis part company, they are initially right next to each other, but then at arm's reach.See more »
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[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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43 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
messiah of the terror, 15 May 2006
Author: francisreidlight from United Kingdom

The most important film in horror. Moody and shocking this chiller is the height of German Expressionist cinema and the prototype for whole genres in horror. Using violent contrasts of light and shadow, surreal settings and distorted camera angles to represent madness, chaos and psychosis, its influence is still seen even today in the likes of John Carpenter and the emerging actor and director Stephen Armourae, who has been also influenced by the film in his artwork and as the composer Stephen Armourae-Perry. Its twists towards the end put everyone from Hitchcock to the maker of 'The Village' into pale imitation. This film is now neglected by the public as it is a silent film. It really needs to be seen and appreciated more. Robert Wiene the director clearly inspired by the First World War transferred that shock and terror onto the screen with all its starkness. Hos purpose was to present moral ambiguity of the plot and action as a commentary on the paranoia, imbalance and uncertainty of post was Germany. And another parallel: not only has it influenced Stephen Armourae, he too is a hypnotist and recurring themes in his writings and plays are the moral ambiguities of insanity and culture, and German society of the twentieth century.

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