The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)

Dir: Robert Wiene | Germany | 1920 | 76 mins | Cert. U

Made in the aftermath of the First World War, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the quintessential German Expressionist film masterpiece. Robert Wiene’s distorted sets, sinister shadows and unnerving characters creating a paranoid, unreal world at a time of despair throughout Europe.

“One of the spring’s coolest events… [Minima] sound unmistakably modern, but capture the film’s disturbing mood perfectly.” (David Gritten, The Daily Telegraph)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was Minima’s second soundtrack, written through 2008. It started as an improvisation, at a performance at the Wellcome Trust in London on 25 January 2008, as part of the temporary exhibition Sleeping & Dreaming which explored “sleep, the mysterious state we all inhabit for a third of our lives.”

In the years that followed, Caligari was our most frequently performed film, with regular screenings and festival performances. Highlights include a tour of the Picturehouse chain of cinemas in 2010, a week at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2015.

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In 2013, the Compass Presents group devised a multi-media event based around the film. The Caligari Experience had its first shows in March 2014 at Motion, Bristol. Minima continue to perform the film independently as a “straight” show, as well as providing the live soundtrack to performances of The Caligari Experience.

The production won the 2015 Media Innovation Awards Installation/Exhibition/Live Event category.

For more information visit the Caligari Experience website.

“Experience cinema like never before…

The show presents silent-cinema classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in triple screen panorama, around which a 3D projection-mapped set allows the scenes of this beautifully realized film to expand out into the space. These exquisitely created environments (created through original techniques of hand painting, digitizing and animating for projection) unfold via digital mapping, pulling the audience into the crooked Gothic world of the film. Within this immersive setting the cast perform, peopling the film’s streets and spaces with physical theatre, circus, dance and aerial pieces that extend and explore the film’s atmosphere, energy and nuances.

Weaving together all of these visual elements is the atmospheric soundscape of Minima’s avant-garde score, synthesizing electric guitar, cello, bass and drums into a fusion that is at times psychedelic, with movements that are beautiful and haunting.” (Compass Presents)