The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Robert Wiene, 1918
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Saturday Sep 22, at 4:00 pm at The King Center
Directed by: Robert Wiene
Live musical accompaniment by: Donald Sosin, Joanna Seaton, and UCD Silent Film Orchestra
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari tells a story about a bizarre carnival act involving an evil man who orders his somnambulist to kill people in the nearby town. The film is the most extreme and distinctive of the German Expressionist films. Its disturbing painted set is marked by no true horizontal or vertical lines; the shapes of objects and space are distorted and perverse, to match the film’s creepy story.
Preceded by Rhythmus 21 (1921) and Filmstudie (1926). Two abstract films, created by German Dadaist painter Hans Richter.
(1893 - 1943) was one of the highest paid stars in Germany during the silent film era. He appeared in over 100 films during his lifetime including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), Waxworks (1924) and The Man Who Laughs (1928). In 1933, Veidt fled Nazi Germany and settled in the United Kingdom where he continued acting in many films, including The Thief of Bagdad (1940). After moving to Hollywood in 1941, he was cast with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942) as Major Heinrich Strasser, which would become one of the most famous roles of his career.
(1884 - 1959) began acting for motion pictures in 1914. An iconic actor of the Weimar Republic, Krauss had a fervency for Expressionist gestures and sinister characters, playing murderers, phantoms in over 100 films including Waxworks (1924) and The Student of Prague (1926). Krauss was a supporter of the Nazi Party and played a key supporting role in the 1940 Antisemitic German film Jud Süss (1940) along with other Nazi propaganda films. He was recognized as an actor of national importance in 1934 and Adolf Hitler rated him as a cultural ambassador of Nazi Germany. As part of the denazification process in the late 1940s, Krauss was banned from the stage and the screen. Ultimately, he was rehabilitated to the extent of being invited to German film festivals and received national awards from Germany and Austria in the mid-1950s.
(1887 - 1980) Lil Dagover was publicly rated as one of Germany's 5 most popular actresses during the 1920s, acting for many of the greatest German directors, including F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang. Her popularity landed her in German, Swedish, and French silent productions until the advent of the talkies, where she returned to the German screen and stage (with the exception of the 1932 American film, The Woman from Monte Carlo). She received multiple awards and honors in media, film, and television throughout her career and published her autobiography in 1979, titled Ich war die Dame (I Was The Lady). In 1975, Dagover appeared in her final motion picture before retiring, Der Richter und sein Henker (The End of the Game), with actors Jon Voigt, Jacqueline Bisset, and Donald Sutherland.