Robert Wiene

Dresden - 17.07.1938, Paris


Robert Wiene (November 16, 1880.) was a German screenwriter and director. He studied acting and started to work in film as a screenwriter at the age of 32. His most famous film is the horror The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinett des Dr. Caligari, 1919), the classic German expressionist film. He also made Genuine (1920), Raskolnikov (Raskolnikow, 1923), Crown of Thorns (I.N.R.I., 1923) and The Hands of Orlac (Orlacs Hände, 1925).


Films by this director

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

(Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Germany, 1919)

Directed by: Robert Wiene
PHOTOGRAPHY: Willy Hameister

In the garden of a mental hospital, Francis tells a story about his friend Alan. At a local fair, the two of them meet Dr Caligari who tells the future with the help of his assistant Cesare. When Alan asks how much time he has left to live, Cesare answers that he has until the following dawn. Sure enough, Alan is found dead the next morning. Francis decides to find Dr Caligari whom he holds responsible for the death of his friend.

silent, b/w, 77'
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