The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) with live accompaniment by Mike Nolan

Screening as part of our short HippFest season of films celebrating the rich and immersive world of silent film with live music: Taste of Silents 2023.

One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history!

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 do his evil bidding!

Hugely influential, Caligari's nightmarish jagged sets, sinister atmosphere and psychological overtones sent ripples amongst countless horror and noir films for the next hundred years. The film's chilling, radically expressionist vision retains its grip on our imaginations even today, hailed as a classic by everyone from Nicholas Cage to Akira Kurosawa.

This evening's screening will be accompanied live by Mike Nolan (piano) a musician with over 30-years experience of performing for silent film, fresh from his recent performance at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cinema Under the Stars.

Dir: Robert Wiene / Germany / 1920 / 1h 17m

With: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt

Book for all three in-person Taste of Silents screenings for £36 (£30 conc.) including booking fees!


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