As part of our month-long spooky cinema celebration leading up to Halloween, we at the Drafthouse proudly present one of the most revered and well-known titles in the canon of cinema, the German expressionist masterpiece THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. We continue our passionate commitment to screening rare archival film prints with this title, showing a silent, color-tinted 35mm print of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, with a brand new live music score composed by Austin’s very own Peter Stopschinski!
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI opens on October 28th at our South Lamar location!
By far one of the most stylistically influential films of the last century, Robert Wiene’s 1920 film uses its horror narrative to emphasize light and darkness, creating a harsh chiaroscuro as its now-infamous production design. Canted camera angles, jagged set pieces, and actors performing like abstract or avant-garde dancers all work together to create the haunting, nightmarish landscape that is the film’s surreal setting. It is breathtaking to behold, an experience not often afforded, so now’s your chance to see it!
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI is the story of a mad doctor, the titular Caligari, and his hypnotized somnambulist, Cesare. Posing as a cheap carnival attraction in the German mountain village of Holstenwall, Caligari boasts that Cesare – due in no small part to his near-constant state of rest – can successfully answer any question about the future. When two friends happen upon this attraction, one woefully inquires as to how long he will live. Sans emotion, Cesare replies that he will die before dawn tomorrow. When the prophecy comes true, something mysteriously seems amiss. Are the Doctor and Cesare all that they seem? What terrifying cruelty is truly kept in the Doctor’s coffin-like cabinet? All this and so much more await you on October 28th, when THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI arrives at Lamar!
Peter Stopschinski has composed a brand new score bringing his unique brand of alt-classical sound to the film. Stopschinski's diverse palate of sounds have included Co-founding the Golden Hornet Project with fellow composer Graham Reynolds, string arrangements for many bands including DJ Spooky and Grupo Fantasma, the performance of his 6th Symphony Rough Night w/ Happy Ending won Austin Critic's Table Best Classical Performance, and he is the composer and co-creator with Kirk Lynn of the musical I've Never Been So Happy which was produced by the Rude Mechs and Centre Theater Group Los Angeles. I've Never Been So Happy won a B. Iden Payne award for Best New Play and was performed in Austin, Washington D.C, and Los Angeles. Stopschinski is currently composing and opera about Bum Phillips and the 1979 Houston Oilers to be premiered in New York in the fall of 2013 as well as an album showcasing his new style of Alt-classical music entitled Now Would Be A Good Time. Now Would Be A Good Time was composed by first laying out a specific set of musical criteria which was determined as Alt-classical (such as the intervals minor 3rd and tritone or the rhythmic structures 3+3+2 and 2+2+3 or the instrumentation involving classical instruments like violas and cellos and contemporary instruments like electric guitars and laptops etc. etc.). The score will be performed by Peter Stopschinski - Piano and electronics, Leah Nelson - Viola, Tom Echols - Guitar, Hen3ry Q Vines - Bass, and Chuck Fischer - Drums/Percussion.
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI opens on October 28th at the Alamo Drafthouse - South Lamar, with only two screening times available – 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are available and currently on sale now!
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