The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
Title: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Directed by: Robert Wiene
Written by: Hans Janowitz
Carl Mayer
Produced by: Rudolf Meinert
Erich Pommer
Music by: Alfredo Antonini
Giuseppe Becce
Cinematography: Willy Hameister
Distributed by: Decla-Bioscop AG
Goldwyn Distributing Company
Released: February 26th, 1920
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 71 min.
Country: Germany
Budget: DEM 20,000
$18,000 US

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, translated as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, is a German horror film directed by Robert Wiene, based upon a screenplay developed by Hans Janowitz and a script by Carl Mayer. It is considered a hallmark of German Expressionism during the silent era and stands as one of the earliest feature films of the horror genre. The film was remade in 1962 by Roger Kay and again in 2005 by David Lee Fisher. The plot of the film focuses on the evil scientist Doctor Caligari who uses his mind-controlled puppet Cesare to carry out acts of murder.

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  • Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is considered one of the earliest films of the horror genre and a hallmark of German expressionism.
  • Premiered theatrically in the United States on March 19th, 1921. Four minutes of footage was trimmed out of the US print.
  • Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari premiered on home video in the United States on May 1st, 1996.
  • This film is in the public domain.
  • The movie also stands out as being one of the first examples of using a framing sequence for the narrative.
  • Cesare is often and incorrectly regarded as a zombie when he is in fact a somnabulist.
  • On February 26th, 2020, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari celebrated its 100th birthday. Congratulations! You don't look a day over 75!

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