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Film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (+ Two More Spooky Silent Shorts)

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Experience the first-ever “horror film!” THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI is an exciting masterpiece of German Expressionist cinema that you have to experience to believe.

A mysterious doctor uses hypnosis to transform a somnambulist (sleepwalker) into his nefarious evil companion … or does he?

When a prophesied murder occurs, the town blames the creature and investigates the secretive doctor. But within the world of German Expressionism cinema, nothing is as it seems.

Told in flashbacks and full of fantastical sets and brooding characters, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI will challenge your perceptions and leave you wondering what was real and what was imagined. As one of the original cinematic horror stories, CALIGARI establishes techniques, styles and themes that have influenced both horror and film noir genres.

Widely regarded as the first horror film, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI has entranced audiences with its unique visual style and extraordinary story for over 100 years. Prepare to be amazed!

Before the show, we’re pleased to present two frightfully fun silents to get you into a SpOoKy mood!

PETE’S HAUNTED HOUSE (1926): Featuring the adorable silent cartoon star “Pete the Pup,” this delightful live-action/animated hybrid short is ahead of its time.

THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1921): The legendary Buster Keaton stars in this clever comedy caper set inside a haunted house. (But is it actually haunted…?)


Pete’s Haunted House (1926)
Vintage cartoon
Black and White/Digital
6 mins.

The Haunted House (1921)
Short Film
Black and White/Digital
20 mins.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
NR (Not rated)
Black and white/Digital
51 mins.

Hosted and accompanied live by renowned silent film organist Clark Wilson.

Stay in your seats after the screening for a FREE Q&A about the Orpheum Theatre’s organ, the Mighty Wurlitzer.

The films in this series are presented as originally created during a different time period and may contain negative attitudes, language, and depictions of people and/or cultures. The Los Angeles Conservancy does not condone these representations.

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