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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:
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Masterpiece of German Expressionism See more (199 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)
 
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Katherine Hilliker .... intertitler
 

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Also Known As:
"Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
76 min | France:78 min | Spain:50 min | USA:67 min | USA:51 min (video version) | Spain:73 min (DVD version)
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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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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 »
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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 »
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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103 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece of German Expressionism, 1 April 2004
Author: Gafke from United States

Made in 1919, "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" was literally years ahead of its time and remains a triumphant accomplishment in the genre of German Expressionism. Remembered mainly for its stunning sets, which featured crooked buildings and twisted landscapes, "Cabinet" also boasts one of the first attempts at a twist ending, something quite new and shocking for its time.

Told mainly from the point of view of Francis, a young man who lives in the small village of Holstenwall, Germany, "Cabinet" tells the tale of murder and madness which seems to accompany the arrival of a carnival. Francis and his best friend Alan go to the carnival and are presented with the sideshow attraction Cesare the Somnambulist, a gaunt and hideous young man who spends his life sleeping in a coffin-like cabinet and seems able to predict the future when awake. Cesare (played by a young Conrad Veidt, who later went on to play the evil Nazi general in Casablanca) informs Alan that he will soon die, and indeed, Alan is found murdered the next morning. Suspicion turns to the eerie somnambulist and his strange keeper, a man called Caligari. As Francis desperately tries to solve the mystery and find his friends killer, it seems that the beautiful young Jane, beloved by both Alan and Francis, has been targeted as the next victim.

This is a genuinely creepy film which delves deep into the mysteries of the abnormal mind...an uncomfortable journey to say the least. Everyone is suspect and, in the end, we must ask ourselves: "who is really the mad one here?"

Subtle and ingenious, we see the world the way an insane person might see it; warped and confused, a nightmarish terrain where nothing makes sense and balance is not to be found.

The impact of this film is still being felt and seen today, and for good reason. It is a shocking, disturbing masterpiece. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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