The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars

Loading the player ...

Germany | 1920 | 76 minutes | Robert Wiene

April 15, 2020

Face the Music

Robert Weine's 1920 German expressionist masterpiece returns to our screen with a live score by Austin, Texas band The Invincible Czars.

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this performance.

Dr. Caligari is one of the silent era's most beloved and enigmatic works. It considered by many to be the first German Expressionist film and the first great motion picture in the horror genre. It is the first movie to incorporate surrealistic production in such and all-encompassing way with quirky sets, angular shadows and creepy make-up.

It tells the story of a mysterious traveler who arrives in a small village to showcase his Somnabulist (sleepwalker) in the local fair. Shortly thereafter, a series of murders lead the narrator, Franzis, and his friends to believe Dr. Caligari and his sleepwalking assistant may be responsible but something's not quite right and the conclusion is quite surprising for 100 year old movie.

Fans, theaters and media have praised The Invincible Czars for making near century-old movies "actually scary" and more enjoyable for modern day audiences. The scores and their performance of it complements the tone and emotion on-screen at any given moment. The band employs a mix of acoustic, electric and synthesized instruments including violin, glockenspiel, organ, vocals, loops, electric guitar, bass.

  • Director: Robert Wiene
  • Principal Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 1920
  • Running Time: 76 minutes
  • Screenplay: Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz
  • Cinematographers: Willy Hameister