Saturday Night Double Feature: Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Metropolis

Saturday Night Double Feature: Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Metropolis

  1. March 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm to 10:45 pm
23 Elora Street South, box 1017

Playing on Saturday March 7th at our Saturday Night at the Movies: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Metropolis. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema. While Metropolis may well be considered the most influential Sci-Fi movie of all time.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari  is a German silent horror film  from 1920. With a dark and twisted visual style, sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles, and shadows and streaks of light painted directly onto the sets.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari tells the story of Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his friend Alan (Rudolf Lettinger) encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) at a carnival in Germany. The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan's death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true --making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty, or is the doctor controlling him?

Metropolis is an influential German science-fiction film from 1927, presenting a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher Maria (Brigitte Helm), but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict.