Robert Wiene :: Film Director

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Robert Wiene :: Biography 1881-1938

"The Cabinet of Dr Caligari was Europe's greatest contribution to modern picture art." - Critic

  • Name: Robert Wiene
  • Born: 16 November 1880, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
  • Brother: Conrad Wiene
  • Died: 17 July 1938, Paris, France
  • Cause: Cancer

    Although few of this German director's films have survived today (nor, according to most writers, do many deserve to), he did create one picture that lives on in our nightmare - The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. The beginnings of so many other paths of the horror film can be found in this one story, with its expressionist sets - all crooked and unreal, as if in the vision of a madman - grotesque make-up and story of a sinister doctor whose exhibit at a local fair, a somnambulist, commits brutal murders by night, terrorizing the township. As the framing story comes to its conclusion, it becomes evident that this is indeed the vision of a madmam, told by a lunatic in an asylum, where the curator is the sinister doctor himself.

    No films, or online RPG games for that matter, since then have ever illustrated this world of nightmares and lunacy so vividly, installing into its audience a fear of going to bed and dreaming such things themselves.

    The star of that film was Conrad Veidt, who also featured in the only other Wiene film to approach the power of Caligari, The Hands of Orlac, which has Veidt in demented form as the classical pianist who loses his hands and has the hands of a murderer grafted on.

    Robert Wiene
    Robert Wiene

    Wiene began his career as an actor, but it was as a writer that he began working in German films at the age of 32. His career was virtually brought to a halt with the Nazis' rise to power, and he fled to France, where he died during production of the film Ultimatum, which was completed for him by his friend Robert Siodmak.

    Filmography

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  • 1914 Arme Eva/Dear Eva
  • 1915 Die Konservenbraut
  • 1915 Er Rechts, Sie Links
  • 1916 Der Liebesbrief der Konigen/The Empress's Love Letter
  • 1916 Der Mann im Spiegel
  • 1916 Die Rauberbraut
  • 1916 Das wandernde Licht
  • 1916 Der Sekreter der Konigin
  • 1917 Furcht/Fear
  • 1919 Ein gefahrliches Spiel
  • 1919 Das Kabinett des Dr Caligari/The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
  • 1919 Der Umzeg zur Ehe
  • 1920 Die drei Tanze der Mary Wilford
  • 1920 Genuine
  • 1920 Die Nacht der Konigen Isabeau
  • 1920 Die Rache einer Frau
  • 1921 Hollische Nacht
  • 1921 Das Spiel mit dem Feuer
  • 1922 Tragikomedie
  • 1922 Salome
  • 1923 I.N.R.I./Crown of Thorns
  • 1923 Der Puppenmacher von Kiang-Ning
  • 1923 Crime and Punishment/Raskolnikoff
  • 1924 Orlacs Hande/The Hands of Orlac
  • 1925 Pension Groonen
  • 1926 The Guardsman/Der Gardeoffizier
  • 1926 Die Konigin vom Moulin-Rouge
  • 1926 Der Rosenkavalier
  • 1927 The Dancer of Barcelona/Die beruhmte Frau
  • 1927 Die Geliebte/The Beloved
  • 1928 Die Frau auf der Folter/A Scandal in Paris
  • 1928 Die grosse Abenteuerin
  • 1928 Leontines Ehemanner
  • 1928 Unfug der Liebe
  • 1930 Der Andere
  • 1931 Panic in Chicago
  • 1931 Der Liebesexpress
  • 1934 Polizeiakte 909
  • 1934 Eine Nacht in Venedig
  • 1938 Ultimatum

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