Here is an HDTV rip of the brand new digitally restored version of the absolute masterpiece “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”. The film has been restored using the original camera negative, the result premiered on February 9th 2014 at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
New York composer and multi-instrumentalist John Zorn presented a new composition on the Karl Schuke organ at Berlin’s philharmonic to accompany the film. This is the version that has been shown at the festival with his music.
The Murnau Foundation wrote:
For the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung’s restoration in 4K resolution, for the first time all relevant materials were used: the original camera negative preserved at the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv in Berlin, which at the same time “witnessed” the making of the film, as well as several release prints from the period found in international film archives. The goal is to restore the film’s picture quality, form, expressionistic intertitles and characteristic historical tinting as convincingly as possible and thus show the film in a condition that does justice to its status as a classic.
“Noted worldwide, the Berlinale premiere of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari will bring the digitization of our film heritage to the public’s attention. In the digital age, any work that has not been made accessible today is in danger of being lost forever,” remarks Ernst Szebedits, chairman of the Murnau-Stiftung.
The presentation will also be a world premiere with respect to the music. John Zorn, composer and multi-instrumentalist from New York, will accompany the film on the Karl Schuke organ at the Berliner Philharmonie. He will play a new – partly pre-composed, partly improvised – work commissioned by ZDF/ARTE. In his music Zorn combines different influences and styles, from new music, jazz and free jazz to noise and punk. A few years ago he discovered the organ as an instrument and has since given a number of highly praised concerts. The music will be recorded live and broadcast with the film on ARTE on February 12, 2014.
“Berlinale Classics offers a platform for premiering high-quality digital restorations and reconstructions,” says Rainer Rother, head of the Retrospective and Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kinemathek. “With Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, we are pleased to be able to celebrate the screening of a silent film classic par excellence in 2014. Its digital restoration also goes back to a print from the Deutsche Kinemathek.”