At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr Caligari (Werner Krauss) presents the somnambulist Cesare (Conrad Veidt), who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…
One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, German director Robert Wiene’s 1920 German expressionist silent Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. With its nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake – horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it.
But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone – now more mesmerising than ever in a new definitive restoration; presented in a dual-format special edition in the UK from Eureka Entertainment as part of The Masters of Cinema Series.
THE UK DUAL FORMAT RELEASE
• New high-definition presentation, from the extensive FWMS restoration
• Audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
• Video essay by film critic David Cairns
• Caligari: How Horror Came to the Cinem