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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ()

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (original title)
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

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Dr. Caligari
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Cesare
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Franzis (as Friedrich Fehér)
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Jane Olsen
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Alan (as Hans Heinrich v. Twardowski)
Rudolf Lettinger ...
Dr. Olsen
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Ein Verbrecher (uncredited)
Hans Lanser-Rudolf ...
Ein alter Mann / An old man (uncredited)
Henri Peters-Arnolds ...
Ein junger Arzt / A young doctor (uncredited)
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Ein Mörder / A murderer (uncredited)
Elsa Wagner ...
Die Wirtin / The Landlady (uncredited)

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Robert Wiene

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Carl Mayer ... (written by) and
Hans Janowitz ... (written by)

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Rudolf Meinert ... producer (uncredited)
Erich Pommer ... producer (uncredited)

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Alfredo Antonini
Giuseppe Becce ... (premiere)
Timothy Brock ... (1996)
Michael Klubertanz ... (1989 Original Score)
Richard Marriott ... (1987)
Lothar Prox ... (1985)
Rainer Viertelboeck ... (1993)

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Willy Hameister ... (photography)

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Walter Reimann ... (design)
Walter Röhrig ... (design)
Hermann Warm ... (design)

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Hermann Warm ... (uncredited)

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Walter Reimann ... (uncredited)

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Rochus Gliese ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Harry Froboess ... stunts (uncredited)

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Timothy Brock ... music produced by (1996)

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Katherine Hilliker ... intertitler

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Plot Summary

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answers that he will die before dawn. The next morning Alan is found dead. Francis suspects Cesare of being the murderer, and starts spying on him and Dr. Caligari. The following night Cesare is going to stab Jane in her bed, but softens when he sees the beautiful woman, and instead of committing another murder, he abducts her. Jane's father awakens because of the noise, and he and some servants follow the fleeing Cesare. When Cesare cannot outrun his pursuers anymore, he gently places Jane down on the ground, and runs away. Francis and the police investigate the caravan of Dr. Caligari, but the doctor succeeds in slipping away. Francis pursues the fleeing Dr. Caligari, and sees him disappear into a madhouse. Francis enters the madhouse, where he is sure he will find the truth behind all these mysterious events. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Also Known As
  • Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (Germany)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (United States)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (World-wide, English title)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (United Kingdom)
  • Le cabinet du docteur Caligari (France)
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  • 76 min
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Budget $18,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Writer Hans Janowitz claims to have gotten the idea for the film when he was at a carnival one day. He saw a strange man lurking in the shadows. The next day he heard that a girl was brutally murdered there. He went to the funeral and saw the same man lurking around. He had no proof that the strange man was the murderer, but he fleshed the whole idea out into his film. See more »
Goofs The entry in the book "Im jahre 1703 ..." is translated in subtitles (on the blu-ray edition) as "In the year 1783,...". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into People Who Die Mysteriously in Their Sleep (2004). See more »
Quotes Francis: Jane, I love you - when will you marry me?
Jane: We who are of noble blood may not follow the wishes of our hearts.
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