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he most brilliant example of that dark and twisted film movement known as German expressionism, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world.

Director Robert Wiene and a team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetuate a series of murders in a small community.

This Kino on Video edition is taken from a 35mm print restored by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv of Germany, featuring the original color tinting and toning. The title translation is by Kinograph Montréal.

With Conrad Veidt (Contraband, Waxworks), Werner Krauss (Waxworks), Lil Dagover, Freidrich Feher

Extras on DVD:
  • A 43-minute condensation of Robert Wiene's Genuine: The Tale of a Vampire (1920)
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage of Robert Wiene on the set of I.N.R.I.
  • Two musical scores to choose from:
    - Music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
    - Contemporary orchestral score by Rainer Viertblöck
  • Gallery of more than 40 photos, posters and production sketches
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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CastConrad Veidt, Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski, Werner Krauss, Lil Dagover, Friedrich Feher
DirectorRobert Wiene
Genre:  Classics, Drama, Foreign, Thriller
Release Date:  1919
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Screen WriterCarl Meyer
DVD Release Date:  September 24, 2002
Runtime:  74 minutes
Studio:  UFA, Kino On Video, Kino International
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Quick Tip by . November 24, 2010
posted in Cinema of Silence
Kino's restoration of this film is superb, though I think we can expect a superior edition in the future. The print could have been cleaner and the intertitles didn't seem to be translated as accurately as they could have been, but it is wonderful to see the correct color tinting and have a choice between two different scores.
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