The Cabinet of Caligari


1h 44m 1962

Brief Synopsis

Jane's car breaks down and she makes her way to a nearby estate, owned by a mysterious man named Caligari. Soon she finds that she has become a virtual prisoner, and none of the strange inhabitants of the estate are willing or capable of helping her escape. Caligari reveals himself as a passive pervert, showing her filthy pictures, spying on her, and trying to make her talk about intimate details of her life. She attempts to free herself by the only means at her disposal.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 May 1962
Production Company
Associated Producers, Inc.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene (a film; Decla, 1919).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

While driving along a lonely country road one evening, Jane Lindstrom has a flat tire and seeks help at a gloomy mansion. She is greeted by Caligari, a bearded stranger who suggests that she spend the night. After meeting the other guests in the bizarre house, she is drugged and then questioned by her host. Realizing that she is a prisoner and is being spied upon, Jane makes an unsuccessful attempt to escape. Her only visitor is a young man, Mark, who seems to love her but is unable to stay at the house and is apparently unwilling to help her leave. In seemingly rapid succession, the young woman is subjected to a series of violent shocks in which she and the other guests are tortured and then later consoled by Paul, a sympathetic doctor who bears a marked resemblance to the sadistic Caligari. Eventually, Jane is forced into a final nerve-shattering encounter with her captor. She awakens to the realization that she is a middle-aged woman undergoing treatment in a mental institution. Exhausted, but cured of her fantasies, she is taken home by her devoted and loving son--Mark.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 May 1962
Production Company
Associated Producers, Inc.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene (a film; Decla, 1919).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1962

Screenwriter Bloch also wrote "Psycho".

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Released in United States 1962