Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...

The film was originally promoted with mysterious teaser posters warning audiences "You Must Become Caligari" as the title character hallucinates in the film:

While trailers for silent films from their original release (assuming they existed) rarely survive, here's a trailer for a 1964 re-release of the film:

If you'd like to watch the film itself, it has since fallen into the public domain and is widely available on various services and in various levels of restoration. Here's one such copy:

Here's a close-up of the weird banner we mentioned in the film that suggests some of the ominous meaning behind the story's events:

This image from Getty Images shows one of the protests against the film when it opened in the U.S. Here, at the Miller Theater in Los Angeles, protestors stormed the theater and blocked it for six hours until the theater agreed to temporarily cancel the engagement:

After decades, a remake was produced in America that proved to share the name and final twist of the 1920 original and little else:

An avant-garde erotic horror semi-sequel called Dr. Caligari follows Caligari's granddaughter conducting similarly bizarre experiments on patients. Check out the trailer:

Musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie is clearly a fan of the film, using it as the inspiration for the music video of his song Living Dead Girl which featurs Zombie in the Caligari role and his wife Sheri Moon Zombie as Cesare:

As Tim mentioned, the New England jazz/rock trio Devil Music Ensemble produced an original score for the film. Check it out on BandCamp here:

And here's a music video Tim edited together for some of their themes:

An American remake of the film was produced which composited modern actors into the backgrounds used in the original film and featured Doug Jones as Cesare. Here's the trailer:

The film is also mentioned several times as one of Nicolas Cage's favorites in the comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and provided the visual style for this deleted scene featuring Cage fighting his doppleganger:

Thanks for listening!

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