“March 12th – At last — at last! Today I have been notified of the case of a somnambulist. Now I shall be able to prove whether a somnambulist can be compelled to do things of which he knows nothing, things he would never do himself and would abhor doing– whether it is true that one in a trance can be driven to murder.”
Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer met in Berlin after World War I and both held pacifist views of authority as a result of the war. The two wrote a script intending to show a symbolic scrutiny of military figures who draft men into war for the sole purpose of becoming killing machines. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was released in Germany in 1920. READ MORE
A concert pianist, Paul Orlac (Conrad Veidt), loses his hands in a railway accident. Replacement hands are transplanted onto him in an experimental procedure, but the hands are those of a recently-executed murderer. From now on the pianist is tortured by panic attacks and irrational fears. He believes that with the hands of the murderer he has also gained the murderer’s predisposition to killing. Strange signs and bizarre threatening letters reinforce these fears. When his father is killed, with whom he was on bad terms, the pianist is suspected of the murder. He only finds peace by clearing up the plot.
A horror film that surpasses all others. Alan relates the story of traveling magician Dr Caligari and Cesare. Their arrival in a town coincides with savage killings. Secretly Caligari was an asylum director who hypnotizes Cesare to re enact murders. But the final reel contains something which will leave an audience shattered. It blows away all your moral certainties and beliefs. This is the true power of its horror. To leave you vulnerable and uncertain of what you feel was secure and certain.