Cabinet Maker


THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI gets a new UK release, theatrically in selected venues, and on Blu-ray/DVD from Masters of Cinema. The latter features a video essay by me, edited by Timo Langer. I pitched hard to get the gig, because it seemed like a terrific film to tackle in that way — the story is so packed with ambiguity, reordering it and re-emphasizing it is a joy. I am proud to say I’ve introduced a new hare-brained theory to the reading of that film, which ninety-very-odd years on still retained unplumbed depths of peculiarity. It feels like you could spin a new interpretation out of any random minute in its modest runtime.

I can also report that the film looks nearly new, and the experience of seeing it is totally new — a different film, now we can see the actors’ expressions in long-shot. Werner Krauss’ essentially comic performance is sharper, and Conrad Veidt’s tragic one is even more poignant now that he seems to be in the room with you…

“If ou have the means, I highly recommend checking one out.”

It streets on August 29th — not yet up on Amazon for pre-order — I’ll keep you posted.

8 Responses to “Cabinet Maker”

  1. I trust you’re familiar with —

  2. Yes, the Caligari without a Cabinet. I only really like the expressionist dream sequence. And Glynis, of course.

  3. I was QUITE EXCITED when I saw the announcement on the twitter machine yesterday. Your participation turns a probable purchase into a certain one.

  4. I can’t wait to hear more about this theory! I’ve recently been digging into the literature on this film and have come up with a hare-brained theory (not so much about the film itself, but about its reception over the years) myself, which I’m hoping to put forward in a forthcoming article.

  5. Conrad’s leggings are more revealing than ever before.

    Brian, now I’m excited about your theory! Can we share notes privately?

  6. Sure! My e-mail is boingdiddleypop and my e-mail provider is a very common one beginning with the letter before z.

  7. […] mentioned before, the restoration makes the movie look like new, and suddenly, being able to see the facial […]

  8. Please have a look at the photographs of the historical Caligari nitrate prints here:

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