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Robert Wiene

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  • Directors: Robert WIENE
  • Format: PAL, DVD-Video, Blu-ray
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 77 minutes

    In the little village of Holstenwall on the Dutch border, fairground hypnotist Dr Caligari (Werner Krauss) puts on show a somnambulist called Cesare (Conrad Veidt) who has been asleep for twenty-three years. At night, dressed in a black body-stocking and with a ghostly white face, he slithers through the town murdering people on the doctor's orders. A student (Friedrich Feher) has his suspicions about Caligari after a friend is found dead and it transpires that the doctor is the director of a lunatic asylum. The story also has a sting in the tail added by the producer!

    This classic German horror film was inspired by the unsolved murder of a girl during a carnival. Fritz Lang was approached to direct but was too busy. The task was undetaken by Robert Wiene who hired Expressionistic designers Hermann Warm, Walter Roehrig and Walter Reimann, all affiliated to the magazine Sturn, to design the innovative painted sets that included distorted perspectives, twisted shapes and sharp angles. The idea was to try and expand the cinema beyond its obsession eith re-creating reality.

    The finished film originally released with an elaborate green, brown and cold blue tints on the print thrust German cinema to world prominence and had a tremendous influence on cinematic art worldwide and has a quality that still impresses today. Wiene tried to repeat his success in later years, but failed miserably.

    More on making of a classic.

      New high-definition presentation, from the extensive FWMS restoration
      Option of Stereo and 5.1 surround scores
      Original German intertitles with optional English subtitles
      New and exclusive audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
      You Must Become Caligari - New video essay by film critic David Cairns
      Caligari: The Birth of Horror in the First World War - 52 minute documentary on the cultural and historical impact of the film
      On The Restoration - three short video pieces on the film's restoration
      Trailer for the release of the new restoration on the film
      44-PAGE BOOKLET featuring vintage writing on the film by Lotte H. Eisner; an original Variety review of the film; and rare archival imagery


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