Pointless Theatre’s Doctor Caligari: A Not-So Pointless Descent Into Madness

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A screenshot of the Doctor Caligari promo video, courtesy of Pointless Theatre

By DCist Contributor Alex Tebeleff

The silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a study of madness, created in Germany in between the two World Wars. The expressionist movement as a whole came out of this environment, with visual artists like Wasily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, and musicians like Arnold Schoenberg, bringing abstraction as a means to communicate the inner emotions. Later developments in the visual arts in America—through movements like Abstract Expressionism and the clearly stylized developments of Film Noir in cinema—both show more than a passing influence from the Expressionist aesthetic developed in Germany in the ’20’s.

All of this makes an attempt to adapt such an important and adored film into another medium both quite natural—and also quite risky.

“We put more emphasis on genre

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