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February 26, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Downstairs Program Room
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Cabinet of Dr Caligari film still image one actor sitting another standing
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Film and discussion: "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

It’s the 100th anniversary of this silent German expressionist horror classic! View and discuss the film that has inspired Tim Burton, and auteurs and goths for generations on end.

It's the century anniversary of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari), the 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer.

Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it has themes of brutal and irrational authority. Writers and scholars have argued the film reflects a subconscious need for a tyrant, and is an example of Germany's obedience to authority and unwillingness to rebel against deranged authority. Other themes of the film include the destabilized contrast between insanity and sanity, the subjective perception of reality, and the duality of human nature.

Following the screening we'll have a chance to chat about it with resident film expert Nick Szegda, M.F.A., M.L.I.S.

Film not rated.