Dr. Caligari comes out of the cabinet for a digital makeover

after a nearly-two year process, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has received a complete digital restoration. the film, which was initially released in 1920 and is considered one of the pinnacles of early cinema (both in Germany and America), premiered in its new form at the Berlin Film Festival last month accompanied by avant-garde American musician John Zorn providing the score on an organ. in an interview with BBC News, film restorer Anke Wilkening discusses the long and difficult process of restoring the film so audiences could see it the way it looked when it premiered nearly a century ago. i first saw Dr. Caligari during my second year of undergrad, as required viewing for a film aesthetics and analysis course. however, the image below had been familiar to me long before thanks to one of my favorite bands. (i still have the T-shirt and it still fits after 16 years…preservation and conservation efforts come in handy both in and out of the library setting)

 

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