The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
With live music by Donald Sosin
Dir. Robert Weine. 1920, 78 mins. 35mm print restored by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv of Germany, with original color tinting. With Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt. The lines between authority and insanity and between reality and fantasy are blurred in this quintessential classic of German Expressionism, known for its stylized sets and its complex story about a somnambulist (Veidt) at an insane asylum who commits a series of mysterious murders. Is he acting under the control of Dr. Caligari? Who is whose double?
Meshes of the Afternoon
Dir. Maya Deren. 1943, 13 mins. 16mm. With Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid. Meshes of the Afternoon, made in the shadows of Hollywood, is one of the most influential works of the American avant-garde. In a surrealist nightmare, a woman (Deren) follows a dark and mysterious hooded figure on the streets, and is led to her own home. Coming face-to-face with the figure, she discovers that he has a mirror for a face, and later she finds herself seated around a table with her double, triple, and quadruple.
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