9th July | Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari
Kalamata Dance Megaron - Studio | 21:00 o'clock | Entrance 5 €
Film screening with original improvisatory music accompaniment
Arionas Gyftakis & ensemble
In co-production with Filmhouse - New Film Club of Kalamata
With German intertitles and English and Greek subtitles.
One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (1919) shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the cinematic art form. The film’s entire setting and visualisation are designed in an extreme expressionistic form, making it the foremost expressionist film of Weimar Cinema.
At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…
Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone.
Director: Robert Wiene
Story: Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz
Cinematography: Willy Hameister
Production design: Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann, Walter Röhrig
Costume design: Walter Reimann
Producers: Erich Pommer, Rudolf Meinert
Dr. Caligari: Werner Krauss
Cesare: Conrad Veidt
Francis: Friedrich Fehér
Jane Olsen: Lil Dagover
Alan: Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Dr. Olsen: Rudolf Lettinger
A criminal: Rudolf Klein-Rogge
An old man: Hans Lanser-Rudolf
A young doctor: Henri Peters-Arnolds
A murderer: Ludwig Rex
The landlady: Elsa Wagner
The original music of Arionas Gyftakis will imitate through its harmony, rhythm, and improvisation the intense lines and angles of the expressionists. With influences from musicians like Steve Lacy, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sam Rivers, Albert Ayler and Alban Berg, it will follow the angular, extrovert, mysterious and melancholic aesthetics of the film.
Gabriele Milozzi: alt and soprano sax
Tzortzis Tsiropoulos: tenor sax
Ilias Karkavelias: double base
Arionas Gyftakis: double base
Anastasis Gouliaris: percussion