Classic Films

The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920) Robert Wiene, Director – 01:14:00

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and, according to Roger Ebert, is “the first true horror film”.

The film used stylized sets, with abstract, jagged buildings painted on canvas backdrops and flats. To add to this strange style, the actors used an unrealistic technique that exhibited “jerky” and dance-like movements. This film is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema.

The premiere of a digitally restored version of the film took place at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2014. This restoration had its U.S. premiere at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival “Silent Autumn” event at the Castro Theatre on September 20, 2014.