羅伯特維奈 Robert WIENE
德國Germany | 1920 | DCP | B&W | 77min
Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. Cesare can allegedly predict the future. Shockingly, he predicts Alan’s death, and by morning his prophecy has come true. Thus, Cesare and Dr. Caligari become the prime suspects.
Robert Wiene was a writer and director, best known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and Raskolnikow (1923), an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment, both of which have deep influence on the German cinema of that time, as well as Der Rosenkavalier (1925) and Das wandernde Licht (1916) amongst a succession of other expressionist films. Following the Nazi rise to power in Germany, Wiene, who was of Jewish descent, fled into exile.