Thursday, September 1, 2011

Friday Film Screening, 2nd Sept '11

Film: **The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari(1920)**
Director: Robert Wiene
Language: Silent Film / German i
Runtime: 71 min

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 murder, and starts scouting 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 of the noise, and he and some servants follow the fleeing Cesare. When Cesare cannot keep the distance to his pursuers anymore, he lays Jane down on the ground.

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