Yesterday it was reported that Robert Wiene’s influential 1920 German Expressionist classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, will screen at the 2014 Berlinale in an all new digital restoration for their Berlinale Classics series.
First screened in Berlin on February 26, 1920, this new restoration, which is being carried out by Murnau-Stiftung in collaboration with the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv and L`Immagine Ritrovata Film Restoration & Conservation, will take place on February 9,2014 at the Berliner Philharmonie with musical accompaniment by American multi-instrumentalist John Zorn.
The film, considered by many to be the greatest horror film of the silent era, was released by Kino on DVD in 2004 so we expect them to follow suit and put out an edition of the new-look restoration on Blu-ray similar to their much-hyped release of the complete version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis a few years ago.
No screenshots of the extent of the restoration of Caligari have gone up yet, but expect a look at just how good the 94 year old film will be once a release is announced most likely next year. If you live in Berlin, however, be sure to check it out as the 64th Berlin International Film festival will be held from February 6th to the 16th, 2014.