Hypnotism, insane asylums, somnambulism, prophecy, and murder: The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari is regarded as the earliest horror film (1920) and the quintessential example of German Expressionism.
Character emotion is conveyed through openly theatrical jerky acting, heavy stage makeup and, most notably, looming, geometrically absurd set designs. Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari was created in the aftermath of WWI in the milieu of Germany’s Weimar Republic. It was a wholehearted attempt to get to the root of inner human experience and it presents an extreme vision of the world belonging to a madman.
This Sunday, Pat Bolye and The Black Auks will complement this classic silent film with a soundtrack of live improvised music. I’d expect bangs, macabre squeals and big, full sounds distorting.
Cast away your realist illusions! The only true reality is Doctor Caligari.
Active-Vision: Live Music for Silent Film presents “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari” scored live by Pat Boyle and The Black Auks, Sun Oct 29, 7:30pm. $5. Rabbittown Theatre (Merrymeeting/Linscott)
– Bryhanna Greenough