Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Unknown (German)
ca. 1920
Gelatin silver print
Image: 20.8 x 27.8 cm (8 3/16 x 10 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was one of the first horror films and one of the first art films meant for a general audience. The radically Expressionist mise-en-scène–the film's most famous feature today–used flat sets set at sharp angles, painted with jagged shards of light and shade behind the actors. This still, one of a pair from Caligari in the Museum's collection, shows the somnambulist Cesare absconding with the heroine Jane.
Inscription: Blindstamped, recto TRC: "FILM PRÜF-STELLE BERLIN * ZUGELASSEN* [around eagle]"; Printed label on verso TC: "From the Collection // of // Ena Fieldes // PENGUIN PHOTO [double vertical line to the right] FILE____________ // P-L-E-A-S-E! CREDIT AS ABOVE [underlined] RETURN PRINT AFTER USE!"; typed on printed label: "Film / HORROR", "Scene from the German film-classic // "THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI" - // 1919. Directed by Robert Wiene. // Scene shows Conrad Veidt and // Lil Dagover"; stamped in ink, verso TC above label: "Caligari"; stamped in purple ink, verso C below label: "ATTENTION: // ORIGINAL: PLEASE RETURN AFTER USE"; blue pencil verso OA (printer's marks)
Penguin Photo; Ena Fielden; [Paul Katz, North Bennington, Vermont, February 14, 1988]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ""Our Future Is In The Air": Photographs from the 1910s," November 10, 2010–April 10, 2011.

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