The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
With Live Music Score by The Invincible Czars!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 7:30PM
General Admission: $20 | Loft Members: $18
Passes Not Accepted
The Invincible Czars bring their nightmarish-ly fun soundtrack to the world’s first feature-length horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), with an immersive combined live soundtrack experience that transports audiences back 100+ years via an age-old tale accompanied by a chilling, tastefully-modern score featuring an impressive blend of traditional acoustic and present-day electric instruments. The band encourages attendees to dress for the upcoming Halloween season at this scarifying screening!
The 1920 silent horror classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which the demented Dr. Caligari and a monstrous carnival sleepwalker named Cesare perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari jolted postwar audiences, and has continued to inspire contemporary filmmakers like Tim Burton with its strikingly modern visuals. It’s craggy edges, disjointed backgrounds and heavy make-up have earned this dark fairy tale a reputation as the quintessential German Expressionist film. (Dir. by Robert Wiene, 1920, Germany, silent with English intertitles, 75 mins., Not Rated)
The Invincible Czars have performed their carefully-crafted original music scores for over a decade at hundreds of movie theaters across the US and Canada, delighting audiences with an array of sonic twists and turns. The varied compositions and instrumentation adapt individually to each film the Czars score, including such classics as Nosferatu and The Phantom of the Opera. Their original score for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is performed by a five-member touring ensemble using violin, flute, bass clarinet, oboe, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, glockenspiel, music box, drums, percussion, samples and loops. From delicate passages of longing and love to menacing motifs of dissonant horror and pain, each instrument plays a critical role establishing character themes and creating an aural dreamscape for this nightmarish and iconic horror film.