THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
DAS KABINETT DES DOKTOR CALIGARI
1919, Kino International, 75 min, Germany, Dir: Robert Weine

Director Robert Weine’s weird masterpiece is arguably the most striking and historically important work of German Expressionist silent cinema. Conrad Veidt is mesmerizing as Cesare, the pasty-faced somnabulist sent forth by psychotic asylum head Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) to do his evil bidding, specifically kidnapping beautiful waif Jane (Lil Dagover). Although a story framing device was added to bookend the nightmarish events (slightly blunting the subversive script by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer), the film still retains an astonishing power, in large part due to Veidt’s riveting portrayal, as well as the maze of twisted buildings, streets and rooms dreamed up by production designers Walter Reimann, Walter Röhrig and Hermann Warm.


SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS
1927, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: F.W. Murnau

Director F.W. Murnau’s first American film stars George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor as a farmer and his loving wife, whose marriage is rocked by the appearance of an alluring "Woman From the City" (Margaret Livingston). An Academy Award winner for lead actress Gaynor, cinematography, and for "artistic quality of production."


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