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Section: Apollo - Cinema Memories
Country: Germany 
Year: 1919/1920

 

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)

b&w/ 75 minutes

Director: Robert Wiene. Screenplay: Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz. Cinematography: Willy Hameister. Cast:  Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Fehér, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger, Ludwig Rex, Elsa Wagner, Henri Peters-Arnolds, Hans Lanser-Rudolff.

Dr. Caligari, a demonic doctor and murderer, untouchable by the arm of the law, is traced by his antagonist, whom he has robbed of both friend and lover, to a mental hospital where he lives as its director. The vengeful young antagonist uncovers the keeper of madmen as a madman himself. And then all these events, reproduced as the youth's story, finally reveal themselves to be the fantasies of an equally sick mind.

Production:
Decla-Film-Ges. Holz & Co. (Berlin), Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung (Wiesbaden) (Restaurierte Fassung 2014)

Robert Wiene

Robert Wiene was a film director of the German silent cinema. Robert Wiene was born in Breslau. In 1908 he started to act, at first in small parts on stage. His first involvement with film was in 1912, writing and (possibly) directing Die Waffen der Jugend. His most memorable feature films are the horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and Raskolnikow (1923), an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, both of which had a deep influence on the German cinema of that time.

 

 

Filmography:

1915 Er Rechts, Sie Links
1916 Der Liebesbrief der Konigen/The Empress's Love Letter
1916 Der Mann im Spiegel
1916 Die Rauberbraut
1916 Der Sekreter der Konigin
1917 Furcht/Fear
1919 Ein gefahrliches Spiel
1919 Das Kabinett des Dr Caligari/The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
1919 Der Umzeg zur Ehe
1920 Die drei Tanze der Mary Wilford
1920 Genuine
1920 Die Nacht der Konigen Isabeau
1920 Die Rache einer Frau
1921 Hollische Nacht
1921 Das Spiel mit dem Feuer
1922 Tragikomedie
1922 Salome
1923 I.N.R.I./Crown of Thorns
1923 Crime and Punishment/Raskolnikoff
1924 Orlacs Hande/The Hands of Orlac
1925 Pension Groonen
1926 The Guardsman/Der Gardeoffizier
1926 Die Konigin vom Moulin-Rouge
1926 Der Rosenkavalier
1927 The Dancer of Barcelona/Die beruhmte Frau
1927 Die Geliebte/The Beloved
1928 Die Frau auf der Folter/A Scandal in Paris
1928 Die grosse Abenteuerin
1928 Leontines Ehemanner
1928 Unfug der Liebe
1930 Der Andere
1931 Panic in Chicago
1931 Der Liebesexpress
1934 Eine Nacht in Venedig
1938 Ultimatum