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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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Masterpiece of German Expressionism ! See more (166 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)

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

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Trivia:
Made before "horror" was a designated genre, this is sometimes cited as the first true horror film (although films with elements of the macabre were certainly made earlier).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: There is an inconsistent positioning during the struggle on the bed between Cesare and Jane.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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58 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece of German Expressionism !, 22 October 2002
Author: Daniel Villares (mistern2@zipmail.com) from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

This picture is a masterpiece ! How could someone think in something like this at that time ? The film has really good casting ! Werner Krauss is excellent playing Doctor Caligari and Conrad Veidt (Cesare) too !

This movie has an obscure and bizarre mood makes the film looks really scary sometimes ... The painted scenario gave the film the touch that it needed ! It puts you in a nightmarish world , gives you the sensation of claustrofobia , depression and madness ! The objects have a strange shape and an irregular geometry that collaborate for the maintenance of the dark mood !

But the most important thing in this motion picture is the open ended story ! You´re never sure about the end ! It has so many ways of interpretation... It´s useless to try to define "one end" to this movie. You´ll be always asking yourself about the legitimacy of the man´s vision of the story.

It´s not scary , just sometimes , as I said. But it´s dark and it uses the shadows and lights effects so well that I was amazed the first time I saw and I still amazed ! German Films of that time were really good !

Congratulations to Robert Wienne and his cast ! It´s a masterpiece of madness and paranoia!

Rating : *****/******

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