~The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari~
~Plot Synopsis~
In one of the most influential films of the silent era, Werner Krauss plays the title character, a sinister hypnotist
who travels the carnival circuit displaying a somnambulist named Cesare (Conrad Veidt). In one tiny German
town, a series of murders coincides with Caligari's visit. When the best friend of hero Francis (Friedrich Feher)
is killed, the deed seems to be the outgrowth of a romantic rivalry over the hand of the lovely Jane (Lil
Dagover). Francis suspects Caligari, but he is ignored by the police. Investigating on his own, Francis
seemingly discovers that Caligari has been ordering the somnambulist to commit the murders, but the story
eventually takes a more surprising direction. Caligari's Expressionist style ultimately led to the dark shadows
and sharp angles of the film noir urban crime dramas of the 1940s, many of which were directed by such
German émigrés as Billy Wilder and Robert Siodmak.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Robert Wiene

Written by:
Hans Janowitz - writer
Carl Mayer - writer

Werner Krauss ...  Dr. Caligari
Conrad Veidt ...  Cesare
Friedrich Feher ...  Francis  
Lil Dagover ...  Jane Olsen
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ...  Alan
Rudolf Lettinger ...  Dr. Olsen
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ...  A Criminal (uncredited)
Hans Lanser-Rudolf ...  (uncredited)
Henri Peters-Arnolds ...  (uncredited)
Ludwig Rex ...  Murderer (uncredited)
Elsa Wagner ...  Landlady (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Decla-Bioscop AG

Released by: Goldwyn Distributing Company

Producers: Rudolf Meinert & Erich Pommer
Original Music by: Alfredo Antonini
Cinematography by: Willy Hameister
Production Design by: Walter Reimann, Walter Röhrig, Hermann Warm    
Set Direction by: Hermann Warm
Costume Design by: Walter Reimann
Assistant Director: Rochus Gliese
Stunts: Harry Froboess

Runtime: 73 minutes
Released: March 19, 1921