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The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991)

Featuring music instead of any dialogue and set in a near Kafkaesque future, this loose remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari follows a bureaucrat whom mysterious Dr. Ramirez and his hideous sidekick want as their latest victim.

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Peter Sellars
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Cesar
Joan Cusack ... Cathy
Peter Gallagher ... Matt
Ron Vawter ... Dr. Ramirez
Kate Valk Kate Valk ... Sue
Gregory Wallace Gregory Wallace ... Bruce
Werner Klemperer ... Fat Man Looking for a Tax Break
Humbert Astredo Humbert Astredo ... Man with Red Dodge
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Narc
Jim Clayburgh Jim Clayburgh ... Cop No. 2
Herb Downer Herb Downer ... Morgue Attendant
Herbert Duarte Herbert Duarte ... Cop No. 1's Son
Paul Eckstein ... Janitor
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Senior Member
Mateo Gómez Mateo Gómez ... Disciple
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Featuring music instead of any dialogue and set in a near Kafkaesque future, this loose remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari follows a bureaucrat whom mysterious Dr. Ramirez and his hideous sidekick want as their latest victim.

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One of two feature films that actor-dancer actor-dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov starred in that premiered in the year of 1991. The pictures are Company Business (1991) and The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991). See more »

Connections

Remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Harmonielehre
Composed by John Adams
Performed by San Francisco Symphony (as The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Edo de Waart
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I want a copy!
25 January 2006 | by erniesparksSee all my reviews

This is the most recent favorite example of a genre I love: coordinated film and score. Others that have moved me a great deal in the past are Fantasia (1940) out of Walt Disney and Alexander Nevsky (1938).I saw The Cabinet of Doctor Ramirez (1991) on PBS TV and loved it instantly. Fortunately, I recorded it onto VHS tape (for my own private viewing), because the film was (as I understand) never released in the USA and I have since failed to find any copy for sale.

The film was conceived principally by Peter Sellars (his first film project, I believe). The sound track is entirely made from the three parts of John Coolidge Adams orchestral work Harmonielehre, with two interpolations of Tibetan Buddhist monk chants and instruments. Obviously the film layout is timed to match the sections of the music. In a certain sense, it is the film that accompanies the music. I think it is all brilliant. Recently I have acquired a CD that includes the Harmonielehre work, and that reminded me to search again for a DVD or VHS copy of the complete film and its sound track. I will keep looking.

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music sequence:

Harmonielehre (Harmony Study) parts 1 2 3

chants and instrumental C

1 2 C 1 2 C 3

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4 December 1991 (France) See more »

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The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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