The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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  • Robert Wiene


  • Werner Krauss
  • Conrad Veidt
  • Conrad Veidt

In this seminal masterpiece of German Expressionist cinema, a hypnotist brings a man under his control and turns him into a somnambulist, or sleepwalker, who commits murders.

At a carnival in Germany, Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his friend Alan (Rudolf Lettinger) encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss). The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan's death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true — making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty, or is the doctor controlling him?

Past Programs


Somnambulism, When Dreams Come True

Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY