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BFI Film Classics

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

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  • New limited edition published to tie in with the BFI's prestigious Gothic season
  • Author David Robinson is a high profile film historian (former Film Critic for The Times) and silent cinema expert
  • Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari is one of the key films of German Expressionism and is broadly studied at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Contains a new introduction that reconsiders the place of German Expressionist Cinema
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  • Due: October 25, 2013
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-743-9
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With its jagged, stylised sets, menacing shadows and themes of murder, madness and delirium, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920) remains the source and essence of German Expressionist cinema. Fusing carnival spectacle with the paranoia of the psychological thriller, it centres on the haunting, sexually ambivalent presence of Conrad Veidt as Cesare – the somnambulist exploited as
an instrument by the sinister Dr. Caligari.

David Robinson challenges long accepted versions of the history and reception of Caligari and redefines its relationship to the larger phenomenon of Expressionist art. His reassessment of the relative contributions of director, designers and writers becomes a fascinating detective story, as he investigates the status and significance of the single surviving copy of the original script, which came to light only in the late 1980s when almost all those involved in the production were dead.

This second edition features a new introduction that considers the place of German Expressionist cinema within the European revival of Gothic at the turn of the twentieth century, and original cover artwork by Ben Goodman.

About the authors

DAVID ROBINSON is a film critic, historian, author and director of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. His many books include World Cinema: A Short History (1973; 1981) and Chaplin: His Life and Art (1985; 1992; 2001).

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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 25, 2013
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-743-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover $19.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-649-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
Authors
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-743-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-649-4
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
96
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