The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (with introduction and music)

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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (with introduction and music)

Date and time

Saturday 1 March, 2.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

(Robert Wiene, 1920) silent with live accompaniment, B&W, 72 mins, cert U. Introduced by curator of silent film at the BFI, Bryony Dixon


£6/£4 concessions

Online sales for this event are closed. Tickets will be available for sale outside the Sainsbury Wing Theatre before the event (cash only).

A hypnotist uses a somnambulist to carry out his murders, in one of the most inspired and influential horror movies ever made. With admirable use of painted light, this is the finest flowering of the Expressionist impulse ever captured on film.

This film is silent with music performed by Neil Brand, one of the world's leading silent film accompanists. The film will be introduced by Bryony Dixon, curator of silent film at the BFI National Archive.

Strange Beauty Mini Season

The exhibition Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance highlights the ways in which paintings, drawings and prints by German artists were valued in the 16th century for the qualities of expression and inventiveness. As this season shows, such qualities were perhaps inherent in German culture, as centuries later they were characteristic of 1920s German cinema, which had a huge influence on Hollywood and film noir.


Enjoy a new programme of films at the National Gallery.

Image above: Detail of still from 'The Cabinet of Dr Caligari' © BFI

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