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Caligari - Wie der Horror ins Kino kam (2014)

A documentary about the seminal horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and the purpose of cinema as a cultural tool according to Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966).


Rüdiger Suchsland


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Credited cast:
Martin Engler Martin Engler ... Narrator (voice)
Erika Gregor Erika Gregor ... Herself (as Erika & Ulrich Gregor)
Ulrich Gregor Ulrich Gregor ... Himself (as Erika & Ulrich Gregor)
Elisabeth Bronfen Elisabeth Bronfen ... Herself
Rosa von der Schulenberg Rosa von der Schulenberg ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Abel ... Lorenz Lubota / Jon Fredersen (archive footage)
Lil Dagover ... Jane Olsen (archive footage)
Marlene Dietrich ... Lola Lola (archive footage)
Friedrich Feher ... Francis (archive footage)
Gustav Fröhlich ... Freder (archive footage)
Alexander Granach ... Knock (archive footage)
Brigitte Helm ... The Machine Man / Maria (archive footage)
Emil Jannings ... Mephisto / Prof. Immanuel Rath (archive footage)
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Dr. Mabuse (archive footage)
Werner Krauss ... Dr. Caligari (archive footage)


Film critic Rüdiger Suchsland's debut film focuses on Robert Wiene's expressionist horror film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) while examining the historic Weimar Republic (1918-1933), inspired by celebrated German sociologist Siegfried Kracauer's influential book 'From Caligari to Hitler' (1947). What effects do cinema and society have upon each other? Suchland's film is about the reflections of Weimar society in cinema and its visible 'collective spirit'(Kracauer). Written by Anonymous

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German | French

Release Date:

12 February 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Caligari - Die Geburt des Horrors im Ersten Weltkrieg See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ZDF, ARTE, LOOKSfilm See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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