At a local carnival in a small German Town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding… The Cabinet of Dr Caligari makes use of the theatrical manner of stage and sets, but toys with the narrative device of flashback to tell its story. Like an old man telling us a tale, the mysterious narrator with his wide eyes, has his own backstory – and a memorable finale reveals all.
The history of cinema harks back to few films that are as important and iconic as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari – the influence of this expressionist masterprice can be seen from Murnau’s Nosferatu through to The Third Man and even Batman Returns. The cinematic experience is a rare treat as the hand-painted backdrops and subtle face make-up can be seen up-close and appreciated in the way it was intended.
This classic is scored by inspired live score musicians – the Cabinet of Living Cinema. This 100th year anniversary screening of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is brought to life through the live score and the interactive playful nature as the film inspires timbre, harmony and texture.
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari with live score (with Q & A / introductory talk options) is available for booking until the end of 2020.
31st January, Old Operating Theatre, London, £20 (including tour) SOLD OUT
19th January, Shelley Theatre, Boscombe SOLD OUT
26th Oct, LSO St. Luke’s: whereisthenomad.com 7.30pm. £15. SOLD OUT