Francis wigs out at the sight and is carted out in a straitjacket. The doctor coolly wipes his glasses and remarks, "He kept screaming that I am the legendary eleventh-century Dr. Caligari. How peculiar." Yes, indeed. For all its sinister melodrama, Caligari is a must-see for film lovers, not to mention horror film fans.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is at the Madstone Theaters, with an original sound track performed live by the Boston-based Devil Music Ensemble, on Sunday, April 4.
[Originally published in April, 2004.]