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

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