About

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answer...

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Directed by

Robert Wiene

Written by

Carl Mayer (Screenplay)
Hans Janowitz (Screenplay)

Runtime

78 minutes

Country

Germany

Language

German

Tagline

You must become Caligari.

Cast

Keywords

silent film black and white madman expressionism insane asylum unreliable narrator enigma somnambulism somnambulist unreliable flashback megalomania german expressionism

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