a Film by Robert Wiene
screenplay by Carl Mayer e Hans Janowitz
scenography by Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann, Walter Rohrig
Decla Film – Berlin, 1919
restored 4k version
Live computer soundtrack Edison Studio – Rome (2003)
Mauro Cardi, Luigi Ceccarelli, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Alessandro Cipriani
percussions, samplers and live electronics
Produced by Edison Studio with the contribute of ‘Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Singapore’, ‘Goethe Institut – Rom’, ‘Cineteca Nazionale di Bologna’.
Double Dvd with booklet
(duration 77′ + Extra Dvd 133′ + booklet 56 pp.)
price: 16.90 €
Published by Cineteca di Bologna
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with double audio track
soundtrack by Edison Studio 5.1 DTS and Dolby Stereo
music soundtrack by Timothy Brock
One of the true musical highlights of the conference was the world premiere performance by the Edison Studio of a soundtrack to the German horror film “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” directed by Robert Wiene. A visually stunning film with powerful expressionist imagery, the music composed and performed by Luigi Ceccarelli, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Alessandro Cipriani
and Mauro Cardi provided a compelling accompaniment to this silent classic. Richly layered and aggressively beautiful, this is truly a marvelous and masterly piece of work.
David Kim-Boyle – Computer Music Journal – vol. 28 #2 Summer 2004 – MIT Press
In the little village of Holstenwall on the Dutch border, fairground hypnotist Dr.Caligari (Werner Krauss) puts on show a somnambulist called Cesare (Conrad Veidt) who has been asleep for twenty-three years. At night, dressed in a black body-stocking and with a ghostly white face, he slithers through the town murdering people on the doctor’s orders. A student (Friedrich Feher) has his suspicions about Caligari after a friend is found dead and it transpires that the doctor is the director of a lunatic asylum. But the story also has a sting in the tail…
A masterpiece of expressionist cinema and the first cult-movie in cinema history, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari takes its inspiration from the most advanced experimental work carried out at the beginning of the last century in literature and art. Strongly imbued with a theme that denounces the sufferings of a deceptively free human condition, poised constantly between reality and fiction, Wiene’s film also seems to be filled with surprising historical premonitions.