(Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene, Germany 1920, 67 min., 35mm)
Silent. The gruesome images of Cesare, the carnival somnambulist, his sinister keeper Dr. Caligari, and the hallucinatory, distorted world which they inhabit have become cinema icons since this film appeared on screens ninety-three years ago, chilling audiences worldwide and continuing to fascinate viewers today. Dr. Caligari not only brought the concept of expressionism into cinematic terms, but also re-established Germany as one of the great international film industries. Few films have visualized insanity in such unsettlingly “normal” terms. Live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.