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»You must become a caligari (again)!« – New Views of a well-known classic


It is regarded as a milestone in expressionist film and a key work in the cinema of the young Weimar Republic. For decades he has appeared regularly in "Top 10" and "Best Of" lists all over the world. His place in the canon of German (game) film history is undisputed. Until recently, however, Dr. Caligari's Cabinet was subject to a distorted perception that had serious effects on the understanding and interpretation of the film: As a result of the legendary status the film received, the true story of its creation has been lost over the years in an ever denser web of myths. In addition, despite some notable restoration efforts in the 1980s and 1990s, the film was for a long time only seen in copies and versions that were at best a pale reflection of its original splendour. It was not until 2014 that a version could be produced which, thanks to improved material conditions, up-to-date knowledge from interdisciplinary research projects and state-of-the-art digital technology, comes as close as possible to the form and brilliance of the original film.

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, film restorer Anke Wilkening and film historian Dr. Olaf Brill presented at the ZeM their complementary works from recent years, which differ in approach and goal, and have made a significant contribution to seeing Dr. Caligari's Cabinet and its history in a new light.

Following the lectures, the 2014 digitally restored version of Dr. Caligari's Cabinet with live music accompaniment was shown at 7 pm in the Filmmuseum Potsdam.
The event took place as a cooperation of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Master's Degree Film Cultural Heritage) with the HTW University of applied science Berlin and was sponsored by ZeM.