Friday, October 26, 2012

92 years later, it is still a strong [horror] film..."The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and is often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era. The film used stylized sets, with abstract, jagged buildings painted on canvas backdrops and flats. To add to this strange style, the actors used an unrealistic technique that exhibited jerky and dancelike movements. This movie is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema.


The main narrative is introduced using a frame story in which most of the plot is presented as a flashback, as told by the protagonist, Francis (one of the earliest examples of a frame story in film).

Francis (Friedrich Fehér) and an elderly companion are sharing stories when a distracted-looking woman, Jane (Lil Dagover), passes by. Francis calls her his betrothed and narrates an interesting tale that he and Jane share. Francis begins his story with himself and his friend Alan (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski), who are both good-naturedly competing to be married to the lovely Jane. The two friends visit a carnival in their German mountain village of Holstenwall, where they encounter the captivating Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) and a near-silent somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), whom the doctor keeps asleep in a coffin-like cabinet, controls hypnotically, and is displaying as an attraction. Caligari hawks that Cesare's continuous sleeping state allows him to know the answer to any question about the future. When Alan asks Cesare how long he will live, Cesare bluntly replies that Alan will die before dawn tomorrow—a prophecy which is fulfilled. Alan's violent death at the hands of some shadowy figure becomes the most recent in a series of mysterious murders in Holstenwall.

Francis, along with Jane, to whom he is now officially engaged, investigates Caligari and Cesare, which eventually results in Caligari's order for Cesare to murder Jane. Cesare nearly does so, revealing to Francis the almost certain connection of Cesare and his master Caligari to the recent homicides; however, Cesare refuses to go through with the killing because of Jane's beauty and he instead carries her out of her house, pursued by the townsfolk. Finally, after a long chase, Cesare releases Jane, falls over from exhaustion, and dies.

In the meantime, Francis goes to the local insane asylum to ask if there has ever been a patient there by the name of Caligari, only to be shocked to discover that Caligari is the asylum's director. With the help of some of Caligari's oblivious colleagues at the asylum, Francis discovers through old records that the man known as "Dr. Caligari" is obsessed with the story of a mythical monk called Caligari, who, in 1703, visited towns in northern Italy and similarly used a somnambulist under his control to kill people. Dr. Caligari, insanely driven to see if such a situation could actually occur, deemed himself "Caligari" and has since successfully carried out his string of proxy murders. Francis and the asylum's other doctors send the authorities to Caligari's office, where Caligari reveals his lunacy only when told that his beloved slave Cesare has died; Caligari is then imprisoned in his own asylum.

The narrative returns to the present moment, with Francis concluding his tale. A twist ending reveals that Francis' flashback, however, is actually his fantasy: he, Jane and Cesare are all in fact inmates of the insane asylum, and the man he says is Caligari is his asylum doctor, who, after this revelation of the source of his patient's delusion, says that now he will be able to cure Francis.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


Here are two essays...

"Fantasy and Dream work in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"


Rachel Freeman

February 10th, 2006

The silent expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari exposes psychological guilt and insanity through the main character's fantasies and delusions.  This character, Francis, brings the viewer into a nightmarish world through his story-telling.  He recounts the story of the mad Dr. Caligari and the somnambulist Cesare who is under his control.  The doctor's arrival in Francis' hometown results in a string of murders, the death of his best friend Alan and the kidnapping of his beloved fiancée Jane.  Francis tells this story as if it were true, but in the end he is revealed as a patient in a mental hospital.  The film does not confirm whether Francis' story is reality, but Freudian theory suggests that this story is a wish fulfillment.  Francis' neurotic mind created and mistook this fantasy for reality in order to displace the guilt over his friend's death by means of dream work and displacing his guilt onto the somnambulist Cesare.

Neurosis is characterized by a retreat into ones imagination and alienation from reality.  According to Freudian theory, this is also typified by believing a fantasy to be the truth.  "Neurotics turn away from reality because they find it unbearable; the most extreme type of this turning away from reality is shown by certain cases of hallucinatory psychosis which seek to deny the particular event that occasioned the outbreak of their insanity" (Freud, 301).  In this passage, Freud describes the psychological techniques that a neurotic mind uses in order to cope with a traumatic event.  Instead of coming to terms with their trauma, the mind will alter the events and shape them around a delusion in order to produce a more pleasing conclusion.  A neurotic person will adopt this altered story or hallucination as reality.  Alan's death is the traumatic event that pushes Francis into a state of denial.  He creates a fantastic story in which he is completely absolved of blame.  The fervor with which he tells this story can be understood as the result of neurosis.  Francis' retreat into his mind is best illustrated when he begins the story; in his mind Francis can see the story unfold.  He has become so engrossed that in the opening scene the image of Dr. Caligari causes him to exclaim "that's him!" Francis lives in his delusion even when confronted with reality.  Nobody confirms Francis' claims and the characters he brought into his story have no recollection in the real world of these events.

In addition to being the manifestation of a neurotic mind, Francis' story also displays typical traits of creative writing.  These traits imply that this narrative actually took place in Francis' unconscious and the story of Dr. Caligari is only a fantasy.  According to Freudian theory, creative works are distinguished by characters "sharply divided into good and bad; the 'good' ones are the helpers, while the 'bad' ones are the enemies and rivals, of the ego which has become the hero of the story" (Freud, 441).  A work of fiction gives characters distinct traits that easily divide the world into two sides.  The conflict between good and evil is dimensionless in creative works; in other words, there is no ambiguity as to the side to which they belong.  The story is clearly a battle between a good main character and an evil opponent.  Francis places himself in the central role of the hero and Dr. Caligari as villain.  This simplified categorization of people connects to Freud?s theory of creative writers and therefore further develops the perspective that the story of Dr. Caligari is a fantasy.

Freud claimed that fantasies are like our waking dreams and therefore function in a manner similar to the fantasies one has while asleep.  Francis envisions many fantastic settings that demonstrate the fictional and dream-like attributes of his story.  The unnatural and dramatic forms of the landscapes and cities distort reality to create a sinister and theatrical atmosphere.  These extraordinary visuals demonstrate how Francis is creating a delusional world and, at the same time, reveal how this story functions as Francis' wish fulfillment.  The visual nature of dreams is an important aspect of Freudian dream theory.  A major characteristic of dream representation is that it "consists principally, though not exclusively, of situations and sensory images, mostly of a visual character" (151). Dreams often do not mirror the real world; instead, they are perceptions created by the subconscious.  The fantastic nature of Francis' story is shown in the transition between the hospital and his vision of the small town Holstenwall.  The town is the first scene Francis imagines and is characterized by its distorted design.  The backdrop is made intentionally unrealistic so that everything is noticeably manmade.  The characters in this scene are nearly as tall as the two-dimensional backdrop of houses.  In this and subsequent scenes, nothing has a natural form, as opposed to the hospital where Francis is seen sitting beneath trees.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari further reflects Freudian dream theory through the creation of characters.  The people in Francis' story are largely fictional and produced by the condensation of two or more people.  Physical features are derived from fellow patients and staff at the hospital and receive many traits of people from his past.  Francis' fiancée Jane, the somnambulist Cesare, and Dr. Caligari were all created through condensation.  The fellow patients, as they are encountered at the end of the film, are nothing like Francis' description.  Cesare, most obviously, is awake, proving that somnambulism was drawn from another source.  Further supporting this, Cesare was found dead at the end of the fantasy, yet is still alive in the hospital.   The character Dr. Caligari was formed through the condensation of stories Francis had heard about a famous criminal and the director of the mental hospital.  "At last I understand the nature of his madness. He thinks I am that mystic Caligari. Now I see how he can be brought back to sanity again."  This proclamation, made by the director of the hospital, reflects Freud's theory on condensation.

Guilt is inevitably a great source of psychological pain for Francis.  Although Francis' exact role in the murder is not known, it can be assumed that he played an important part in Alan's death.  Francis cannot simply deny what happened to his friend because he is constantly surrounded by reminders of the murder.  Alan's absence from his life, along with references others inevitably would make to him, hinders any psychological denial of the murder.  The irrepressibility forces Francis to find another way to displace the blame for the murder.  He therefore represses his guilt by transferring the blame onto Dr. Caligari and Cesare.  The two serve this function to complete Francis' wish fulfillment, because Dr. Caligari is the villain of the story.

Cesare's role in the story is further compounded by his opposition to Francis.  In Francis' mind, the two characters are complete opposites.  The stark differences allow Francis to absolve his guilt by clearly transferring it to Cesar.  This opposition is especially clear in their responses to erotic and aggressive desires.  Freud described the aggressive and erotic drives as characteristics of the unconscious that are then filtered out through the rational conscious mind.  Through this, Cesare and Francis represent the conflict between instinct and rationality present in all people.  Francis portrays himself as a rational person with complete control over his actions.  In the reminiscence, emotion never overwhelms his ability to manage his behavior.  Meanwhile, he depicts Cesare as a creature without the capacity to resist Dr. Caligari's psychological power and his own instinctual drives.  The control the doctor possesses extends from basic needs such as nourishment to forcing Cesare to murder.  Caligari manipulates Cesare's permanent state of unconsciousness to force the somnambulist to follow his command.  Caligari uses Cesare's unrepressed aggression drive to wreck havoc on the small town.

The two characters also respond to their erotic drives in contrary ways.  Freud believed erotic desires to be the product of the unconscious.  The conscious mind is responsible for repressing these urges, which make desire and reason opposing forces.  These two forces correspond to the ways in which Francis and Cesare respond to their erotic drives.  They are both attracted to Jane but respond quite differently.  Francis handles his desire in a completely rational manner.  He and Alan are both in love with Jane, yet they never dispute over this.  "Alan, we both love her, but no matter who she chooses, let us remain friends."  This agreement shows that in his imagination, Francis represses his erotic desires with rational decisions.  Cesare, in contrast, has an instinctual reaction to his attraction.  His unrepressed response to his sexual desire for Jane is to kidnap her.  The real Francis is a combination of these traits, which shows that the two characters are pieces of his own psyche.  After Francis has told his story, he makes "passionate entreaties" with the woman he believes is his fiancée (Janowitz).  This does not correspond to the rational Francis of his fantasy; it shows that in reality, Francis is not free from his instincts.   He expresses feelings that are not controlled by his rationality, which shows his personality contains certain traits shared by Cesare. 

The opposition of characters can also be connected back to Freudian dream theory, which plays an important role in the analysis of Francis' fantasy. Francis and Cesare represent two sides of the psyche; the conscious and unconscious.  Cesare, in his permanent state of sleep, is driven by instinct.  His role as Francis' unconscious can be further explained by applying Freudian dream theory to the symbols that surround Cesare.  Dr. Caligari keeps the somnambulist hidden in a casket, which contains two symbols important to Freudian dream theory, namely caskets and hiding.  Through this symbolism, Freudian theory connects Cesare to women and erotic desire as well as to death.  In his essay "The Three Caskets," Freud describes caskets as "symbols of what is essential in woman, and therefore of a woman herself" (111).  Another important dream symbol that appears in relation to Cesare is hiding, which Freud describes as an "unmistakable symbol of death in dreams" (114).  In addition to these themes, the casket also carries a direct connection to death. These symbols can be applied to The Cabinet of Caligari to explain the intention involved in the creation of Cesare's characteristics.  This emphasizes the importance of Caligari's instintual behavior and the motivation behind the creation of this character.  The symbolism shows how Francis' mind intentionally created Cesare with certain characteristics in order to split himself into two separate personas.  He is able to transfer all the instinctual and uncontrollable qualities to Cesare while retaining rationality.  Cesare's actions prove that he was controlled by erotic and aggressive drives.  These unrepressed actions are sources of guilt that Francis' psyche yearns to transfer.  Dream symbolism proves that Francis' unconscious mind intended to mold the character in this fashion to accomplish this wish fulfillment.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari relates the story of a murderous doctor and his unaware somnambulist, which is subsequently revealed to be the product of mental illness.  Alan's murder causes Francis to turn away from reality because he is not able to deal with the psychological pain it causes.  In order to cope with this, Francis fantasizes that he is not the target of blame for his best friend's murder by blaming Dr. Calgari.  His fantasy extends to a point where he is seen as the hero by challenging Dr. Caligari and Cesare.  The dream work that his unconscious mind uses to produce this story is clearly identified through Freudian dream analysis.  Francis uses classic dream work mechanisms and symbols to produce this wish-fulfilling fantasy.  In addition, Dr. Caligari and Cesare are not real people; they are fragments of Francis' psyche and serve the purpose of objects onto which the blame is displaced.  The filmÕs ambiguous ending leaves the validity of Francis' story unknown because his illness is not explicitly confirmed.  However, Freudian theory clarifies this uncertainty by showing that Francis has fantasized the entire story to satisfy his guilty mind.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Dir. Robert Wiene. Perf. Werner Krauss, Friedrich Feher, and Condrad Veidt. Decla-Bioscop AD, 1920.

Freud, Sigmund. The Freud Reader. Ed. Peter Gay. New York: W.W. & Norton.

---. Writings on Art and Literature. Ed. Niel Harz.

Janowitz, Hans, and Mayer, Carl. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. (1920). 

"Welcome to Weird: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

The oft-referenced, but never truly duplicated classic of expressionistic horror. Behold what happens when the science of the mind runs amuck.


Tom Pinchuk 

August 6th, 2011

I can’t decide if this is the low-hanging fruit on the tree of weird cinema. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is really just expected to be on the syllabus of any film studies class on the silent era, or on film history in general. Still, my sense is that it doesn’t get as much recognition as the two other pillars of German expressionism’s core trinity--namely Nosferatu and Metropolis--even though I personally find it the most striking of the three.

I figure that many of you have most likely run in to homages without encountering the film itself. Maybe you saw that Rob Zombie music video and wondered what it was recreating. Maybe you sensed that Selick and Burton were referencing something specific while they were making the Nightmare Before Christmas. Suffice it to say, the flick’s cast a wide net of inspiration in the 90 odd years since its release, and Shutter Island is only the most recent link to its conceptual lineage.

Caligari might not seem appropriate to this week’s theme of “science run amuck” at first, but I’d argue that it’s as unquestionably appropriate as Frankenstein. If we think of Doc Frankenstein and his creature as the bogeymen of reckless biology, then Dr. Caligari and his sleepwalker are likewise the ghouls of perverted psychology. How great a horror is it to confide your secrets into a trusted authority figure--one who’s approved and certified by scientific institutions, at that--only for him to betray that trust and use it to convince society that you’re delusional? Isn't such treachery as transgressive a threat from science?

So what’s the story behind all the jagged sets and twisted backdrops?

Well, it starts with Francis, an insane asylum patient, telling the story of his unfortunate circumstances to anybody who’ll listen to him the nuthouse's common garden. An extended flashback then ensues with Francis and his pal, Alan, looking for some fun at a carnival’s sideshow where the mysterious Dr. Caligari and his fortune-telling “somnambulist,” Cesare, are giving party-favor predictions. Alan asks Cesare to tell him the time of his own death and the somnambulist says he’ll be dead by dawn. And that’s just what happens. It turns out the Caligari and his slave travel from town to town to murder villagers at night under the cover of their act. After Alan’s murdered, Cesare sets his deadly attention on Francis’ fiancé, and Alan starts to suspect that Caligari is secretly the director of the town’s insane asylum.

This film purportedly has cinema’s first use of a twist ending and, as you likely suspect, we get a good reason for why the scenery’s so warped and hallucinatory when we finally return to the framing scene at the close. As profound and far-reaching an influence as it’s had on psychological horror, film noir and genre movies in general, Caligari truly hasn’t lost its novelty for me. There's still something irresistibly hypnotic about this nightmarish, painterly world where abstraction is all-consuming. As movies continue to strive further for realism, it's refreshing to have a film that wears its artifice without apology.

More from Wikipedia...


Writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer first met in Berlin soon after World War I. The two men considered the new film medium as a new type of artistic expression – visual storytelling that necessitated collaboration between writers and painters, cameramen, actors, directors. They felt that film was the ideal medium through which to both call attention to the emerging pacifism in postwar Germany and exhibit radical anti-bourgeois art.

Although neither had associations with any Berlin film company, they decided to develop a plot. As both were enthusiastic about Paul Wegener's works, they chose to write a horror film. The duo drew from past experiences. Janowitz had disturbing memories of a night during 1913, in Hamburg. After leaving a fair he had walked into a park bordering the Holstenwall and glimpsed a stranger as he disappeared into the shadows after having mysteriously emerged from the bushes. The next morning, a young woman's ravaged body was found. Mayer was still angered about his sessions during the war with an autocratic, highly ranked, military psychiatrist.

At night, Janowitz and Mayer often went to a nearby fair. One evening, they saw a sideshow "Man and Machine", in which a man did feats of strength and predicted the future while supposedly in a hypnotic trance. Inspired by this, Janowitz and Mayer devised their story that night and wrote it in the following six weeks. The name "Caligari" came from a book Mayer had read, in which an officer named Caligari was mentioned.

When the duo approached producer Erich Pommer about the story, Pommer tried to have them thrown out of his small Decla-Bioscop studio. But when they insisted on telling him their film story, Pommer was so impressed that he bought it on the spot, and agreed to have the film produced in expressionistic style, partly as a concession to his studio only having a limited quota of power and light.


Pommer put Caligari in the hands of designer Hermann Warm and painters Walter Reimann and Walter Röhrig, whom he had met as a soldier while painting sets for a German military theater. When Pommer began to have second thoughts about how the film should be designed, they had to convince him that it made sense to paint lights and shadows directly on set walls, floors, background canvases and to place flat sets behind the actors.

Pommer first approached Fritz Lang to direct this film, but Lang was committed to work on Die Spinnen (The Spiders), so Pommer gave directorial duties to Robert Wiene. Wiene filmed a test scene to prove Warm, Reimann, and Röhrig's theories, and it was so impressive that Pommer gave his artists free rein. Janowitz, Mayer, and Wiene would later use the same artistic methods on another production, Genuine, which was less successful commercially and critically.

The producers, who wanted a less macabre ending, imposed upon the director the idea that everything turns out to be Francis's delusion. In so doing, they produced the first cinematographic representation of altered mental states.

The original story made it clear that Caligari and Cesare were real and were responsible for a number of deaths.

Filming took place during December 1919 and January 1920. The film premiered at the Marmorhaus in Berlin on February 26, 1920.


Critics worldwide have praised the film for its Expressionist style, complete with wild, distorted set design. Caligari has been cited as an influence on Film noir, one of the earliest horror films, and a model for directors for many decades.

Upton Sinclair wrote They Call Me Carpenter in 1922. This book began with a crowd of people trying to keep Americans from seeing "Caligari" because this story of a "madman" didn't serve the purpose of art, morality. His question was whether art was to serve morality or if art exists for "art's sake."

Siegfried Kracauer's From Caligari to Hitler (1947) postulates that the film can be considered as an allegory for German social attitudes in the period following World War I. He argues that the character of Caligari represents a tyrannical figure, to whom the only alternative is social chaos (represented by the fairground).

However, in Weimar Cinema and After, Thomas Elsaesser describes the legacy of Kracauer's work as a "historical imaginary". Elsaesser argues that Kracauer had not studied enough films to make his thesis about the social mindset of Germany legitimate and that the discovery and publication of the original screenplay of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari undermines his argument about the revolutionary intent of its writers. Elsaesser's alternative thesis is that the filmmakers adopted an Expressionist style as a method of product differentiation, establishing a distinct national product against the increasing importation of American films. Dietrich Scheunemann, somewhat in defense of Kracauer, noted that he didn't have "the full range of materials at (his) disposal". However, that fact "has clearly and adversely affected the discussion of the film", referring to the fact that the script of Caligari wasn't rediscovered until 1977 and that Kracauer hadn't seen the film for around 20 years when he wrote the work.

 The script...

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

A cold, somber atmosphere pervades the opening scene of the film. Francis and 
an older man are sitting on a bench by a high forbidding wall which curves 
away into shadow. The leafless branches and twigs of a tree hang down above 
the heads of the two men; dead leaves carpet a path in front of them, 
emphasizing the lifeless, still quality of the setting. 

On the opposite side of the path to the bench are a couple of stunted fir 
trees: winter is in the air. Both of the men on the bench are dressed in 
black; their eyes gape wildly from pale faces. The older man leans over 
towards his young companion to speak to him; Francis, apparently not very 
interested, responds by staring blankly skyward. 

As he turns to speak to Francis, the eyes of the older man, beneath a pair of 
bushy gray eyebrows, are dilated with horror or fear.
TITLE: 'Everywhere there are spirits ... They are all 
  around us ... They have driven me from hearth 
  and home, from my wife and children.'
The older man continues his monologue, while the boughs from the overhanging 
tree move about his face. We see that the wall behind him is painted with a 
bizarre leaf and line pattern.

Francis turns suddenly to look down the path past his older friend. As he 
turns he makes a sudden movement of surprise: the figure of a young woman, 
Jane, has just emerged from the shadow at the end of the path. She walks down 
the path towards camera; her hair is long and black, framing a pale, utterly 
expressionless face; her long white décolleté gown trails about her as she 
walks slowly forward. 

Francis stares at the passing girl with a mixture of anxiety and admiration.

Jane draws closer to the two men; she is still staring blankly in front of 
her. As she draws level with them Francis leans forward even further across 
his companion, rises slightly from his seat and points towards the girl.

Francis's face registers adulation and tenderness as the girl passes him by; 
he is very excited and moved by her presence. 

The girl walks straight past the men, giving no sign that she has seen them. 
They continue to stare at her intently, a certain element of amazement in 
their looks, but she passes without a flicker of recognition, parting the 
trailing branches of an overhanging tree, and finally disappears. The men 
stare after her, a dazed look on their faces.

Francis, still gazing after Jane inclines his head meaningfully towards his 
companion, as though about to make a momentous announcement.
TITLE: 'That is my fiancee.'
Francis's face becomes very animated as he talks rapidly to his friend, still 
gazing pathetically after the departed woman. The two men stare, fascinated, 
after the departed girl. 

The girl gazes vacantly upward and right, her white gown standing out 
strongly against an indistinct dark background. She turns slowly to face the
camera and begins to move forward towards it. As she comes closer it is 
possible to see that her face is dead white, with heavily made-up eyes.

Both the men now have expressions of surprise on their faces. Francis is 
pointing in the direction in which Jane has vanished. 

The heads of the two men have moved closer together as their conversation 
becomes more intimate; Francis turns towards the older man.
TITLE: 'What she and I have experienced is yet more 
  remarkable than the story you have told me. I 
  will tell you ...'
The two men put their heads closer together; Francis continues talking.

Jane, her white gown flowing about her, is walking behind a screen of fir 
tree branches, which are silhouetted against the whiteness of the garment. 
Slowly and pensively, she continues her walk. 

Francis stretches out his hand in front of him as if about to display 
something to the older man.
TITLE:  'Holstenwall, the small town where I was born.'
The two men, their heads close together, look right. 

A painted townscape: the town is built all over a sharply pointed hill; we 
have the impression of closely packed houses with pointed rooftops and gables 
clinging precariously to the sides of the steeply rising hill. On the peak of 
the hill is a large church with two steeples which lean crazily inwards 
towards one another.
TITLE:  'A traveling fair had arrived.'
Painted scene of tents and merry-go-rounds in the foreground; in the 
background are the houses of the town on the hill. The tents are suggested by 
a confusion of angled planes and surfaces on which scallop shapes have been 
picked out in a lighter color to represent festoons and hangings. In front of 
the tents is a flat white platform, behind which there is a line of railings 
with a sloping banister rail, suggesting the top of a flight of steps.

Francis and his companion are still deep in conversation on the bench by the 
wall. Francis continues talking, raising his hand in the grip of strong 
emotion. An expression of horror and loathing begins to creep into his 
already dilated eyes.
TITLE:  'With it, came a scoundrel ...'
The top-hatted figure of Dr. Caligari appears walking up the flight of steps 
in the center of the fairground setting; he is clutching at the banister 
rail. When he reaches the top of the steps, he turns towards camera. His 
black cloak is tightly wrapped around him; he peers quizzically, irascibly, 
around him through large round spectacles, then hobbles painfully forward, 
leaning heavily on his stick with one hand and carrying a book in the other. 
He is wearing white gloves, on the back of which are painted three broad 
black stripes, extensions of the spaces between his fingers. Hobbling 
forward, he looks a sinister, menacing cripple, capable of the utmost evil. 
His lips are tightly pursed and he glares wildly ahead; his white hair 
straggles out from beneath the brim of his hat. Iris out on Caligari's face, 
leaning back slightly as if sniffing the atmosphere. 

We return to the two men sitting by the wall. Francis, hollow-eyed, is 
staring dramatically heavenward.
TITLE: 'Alan, my friend.'
Alan, a young man of aesthetic pursuits, lives in an attic, which is 
suggested by sloping walls and a kite-shaped dormer window, giving on to 
angular rooftops and crazily-leaning chimneys. Alan's bed is half hidden in 
shadow on right. In front of the bed in the center of the room is a high 
ladder-back chair. Alan stands affectedly by his desk reading a book. Just 
behind him is a star-shaped patch of light painted on the floor. He walks 
forward, still deeply engrossed in his reading, and absentmindedly stretches 
out his arm to lean on the back of the chair.

Alan's face suggests a deeply-serious, well-intentioned young man -- a man of 
high ideals, though a jutting chin perhaps indicates a certain determination 
in achieving them. He affects the style of the Nineties aesthete -- a loosely-
tied, flopping bow-tie and hair parted in the center in the style of Aubrey 
Beardsley. One arm rests on the back of the chair and he holds his book open 
with the other. He suddenly looks up impatiently and turns towards the 
window. Alan turns away from the chair, thoughtfully closing his book, and 
walks towards the window in the rear wall of his room. He gazes out through 
the window over the crazily angled rooftops and chimneys, then turns away, 
face tilted slightly upwards and eyes lit up with a radiant smile.

He moves forward, away from the window, rubbing his hands together gleefully, 
and suddenly leaves the room. Camera remains on the room for a few moments, 
before Alan re-enters with his coat slung casually over one shoulder and his 
hat in his hand. He crosses the room and leaves.

In the street, a man is energetically distributing handbills to passersby. 
Alan, now wearing his hat and coat, enters from left and walks towards the 
man who gives him one of the handbills. Behind the two men is a painted 
facade of a house leaning at a crazy angle; in the left foreground a flight 
of steps disappears upwards into shadow. Handbill in hand and reading avidly, 
Alan turns towards camera.

  Holstenwall Fair, 
  including sideshows of all kinds, 
  and marvels never before seen.
Alan, still reading his handbill walks slowly forward, then suddenly turns 
and darts up the steps.

Alan dashes into Francis's room brandishing the handbill. Francis is sitting 
at his desk working quietly; a book-case stands just behind the desk against 
the wall. There is a triangular-shaped window in the rear wall of the room; 
in the foreground is a large leather sofa. As Alan runs in from the left, 
Francis turns to see what all the commotion is about. Alan perches on the arm 
of Francis's chair and starts talking energetically and gesturing towards the 
door with the handbill, as though urging Francis to come with him to the 
fair. Francis takes the handbill and the two friends rise to their feet to 
read it together.

Alan is pulling urgently at Francis's arm; Francis smiles as he reads the 
handbill, as though he feels he has to humor the caprices of his friend. They 
stand outlined against the strangely shaped window, which we can now see is 
surrounded by a pattern of pointed streaks.
TITLE:  'Come on, Francis, let's go to the Fair.'
Both men are grinning now, and Alan tugs even more vehemently at Francis's 

A painted street scene; camera points directly down a very narrow street. The 
walls of the houses lining the street are suggested by flats painted with 
stripes and angles. Two men dressed in dark clothes come down the street 
towards camera and then disappear to left. A woman crosses the street behind 
them, coming from an opening on the right between two houses and going out to 
rear. Caligari, his cape wrapped tightly round him, enters at rear and comes 
down the street at a strange jerky shuffle. As he comes towards camera he 
peers constantly to the right, as though looking for a particular building. 
Another man appears from left; when Caligari comes face to face with him, he 
doffs his hat to the man with an exaggerated gesture of respect and deference,
an obsequious look on his face. They talk together animatedly for a few 
seconds, then, with a sweep of his right hand, Caligari produces a card which 
he shows to the man.
TITLE:  'I shouldn't go in if I were you. The Town 
  Clerk is in a very bad temper today.'
Caligari, undeterred by this rather cold reception, continues to talk to the 
man and produces a second card which he gives the man with a mincing gesture, 
looking very satisfied with himself. The man, visibly impressed, now accepts 
both cards.

Close-up of a white card with 'DR. CALIGARI' written boldly on it.
Having accepted the cards the man goes out to left; Caligari shuffles after 
him, still looking very pleased with himself. 

The walls of the Town Clerk's office are painted with fantastic spiked 
shapes. The Town Clerk is sitting on a very high stool on right; an 
autocratic-looking man, he is demanding explanations of items in a ledger 
from two clerks who stand uneasily in front of his stool. At the rear of the 
office a clerk sits working at a desk. The man with whom Caligari has been 
talking outside enters on left and hands Caligari's card to the Town Clerk, 
then leaves again. Caligari himself has followed the man into the office and 
after the presentation of his card, he doffs his hat and bows low to the Town 
Clerk, rather overdoing an attempt at humility. The Town Clerk, after looking 
closely at the card, turns to Caligari angrily.
TITLE:  'Wait.'
Visibly put out by the Town Clerk's summary treatment of him, Caligari turns 
and sits down on the left. The Town Clerk gesticulates angrily at his two 

Caligari stares malevolently over the top of his spectacles towards the Town 
Clerk and grasps the top of his cane tightly. His mouth is tightly drawn and 
his chin juts forward agressively. The two clerks exit on left. Caligari, 
unable to contain his impatience, rises and makes his way towards the Town 
Clerk with a curious sidelong shuffling movement. He stops just below the 
Clerk on his high stool; the latter turns angrily to Caligari.

TITLE: 'I told you to wait.'
Caligari, much chastened by this response, sidles back to the bench on left. 
The Clerk turns back to the documents on his desk. Caligari, very 
disgruntled, turns his face away and looks in the opposite direction to the 

The Town Clerk gathers up the papers on his desk, which is painted with 
strange cabbalistic symbols, and descends from his high stool. He straightens 
his black frock-coat as he climbs down and comes towards camera. Caligari 
watchfully follows his movements. Caligari glares intently at the Clerk, his 
eyes dilated with hatred. He begins to speak, grasping his cane convulsively.

He rises to face the Clerk. The two men make a ludicrous pair together: the 
very tall Town Clerk towering over the much shorter Caligari, who stands self-
effacingly before him, hat and cane in hand.
TITLE: 'I want to apply for a permit to show my 
  exhibit at the fair.'
Caligari draws his cane along the floor, as though delineating the size of 
something. The Town Clerk listens very unwillingly. Throughout this scene 
Caligari's face is the very picture of craft and cunning.

TITLE: 'What sort of an exhibit is it?'
Caligari looks up assertively at the Town Clerk, holding his hat and cane 
close to his face.
TITLE: 'A somnambulist.'
The Town Clerk looks amused. He turns and beckons to the junior clerk who has 
been sitting at a desk at the rear of the office, before marching pompously 
out, very conscious of his power to order and influence. The junior clerk 
comes forward and asks Caligari to follow him to his desk at the rear of the 
room, which Caligari does, following the clerk in his strange shuffle -- half 
walk, half run.
An arm turning the crank of an organ appears in iris in upper right of 
screen; on top of the organ a monkey is sitting, wearing a white blouse. The 
iris opens to reveal the fairground set, with the town on the hill in the 
background. The fair is now clearly in full swing and people are milling 
about on the light-colored platform in the foreground. On the left is a cone-
shaped merry-go-round painted with broad stripes, which is revolving very 
rapidly. There is another merry-go-round painted with broad stripes, which is 
also revolving rapidly. There is another merry-go-round on the right behind 
the organ grinder and the organ. 

Three men in long dark capes and conical hats come from the left, stop in 
front of the organ and place money in the little cup held by the monkey. They 
are followed by a jovial looking couple who also make a contribution to the 
monkey's cup; then come a young man and a very prosperous-looking middle-aged 
man. Caligari enters right, leaning heavily on his cane and hobbling 
slightly. He turns his back to camera to look at the organ. More people cross 
the open space in the foreground and place money in the monkey's cup, 
including a stunted figure, with dwarf's legs but a normal torso, As the 
figure stops at the organ Caligari turns to look at him, fascinated by the 
sight, before going towards the rails at the top of the steps in center of 
set and turning and glaring balefully around him. Finally, he turns away and 
disappears from sight down the steps.

We are now in another part of the fairground. On either side of a central 
alleyway are tents with scallop shapes painted on them to represent festoons. 
A number of people are milling about in the space between the tents, among 
whom we can recognize the jovial-looking couple who gave money to the organ-
grinder. To the right of the central passage is a large marquee with a 
triangular opening in its side. In front of it is a low platform with 
railings at each end. A group of small children run in from the right waving 
pennants. The dwarf comes in from the left carrying a poster, painted with 
faces and figures in grotesque positions, shaped like a kite and mounted on a 
standard. He disappears from sight among the people in the alleyway.

Caligari emerges from the triangular opening to the large marquee on the 
right and steps out on to the low platform. His round spectacles are pushed 
up on his forehead and he carries a triangular wooden frame mounted on the 
end of a pole; there is a roll of cloth strapped to the frame. He looks 
around at the people in the open space in front of the platform of his 
marquee. He is carrying a large bell in his right hand which he begins to 
ring, swinging it up and down vigorously.

Attracted by the sound of the bell and the extraordinary sight of Caligari 
brandishing it wildly, people begin to press round the platform. Caligari 
unrolls the cloth which he has brought out of the tent to reveal a large 
painting of an emaciated human figure with a disproportionately large head; 
it has the manic, tragic face of a painting by Munch.
TITLE: 'Step right up. Now showing for the first time: 
  Cesare, the somnambulist.'
Caligari harangues the rapidly growing crowd, urging them to come to his 
show. He strikes the poster furiously with his cane to emphasize his words.
TITLE: 'That night saw the first of a series of 
  mysterious crimes.'
Iris in from upper left on the head of two men; iris widens to reveal an 
attic bedroom. Three men are bending over a bed on the left, looking at the 
body of a murder victim, though our actual view of the body is blocked by 
part of the bed. The sheets of the bed and the pillows are in complete 
disorder and lie partly on the floor, as though a violent struggle had taken 
place. The men draw back from the bed: two uniformed policemen and a plain-
clothes inspector. Their faces register horror and consternation.
TITLE:  'Murder! The Town Clerk has been stabbed in the 
  side by some kind of sharp instrument.'
The inspector and the two policemen walk away from the bed towards the window 
at the rear of the room. They gaze out through it, then the inspector turns 
and speaks to his two subordinates. Iris out. Iris in on the organ-grinder's 
arm turning the organ crank and the monkey sitting on the organ. Alan and 
Francis stagger in from right; their arms are round each other's shoulders 
and they are both smiling broadly, very happy with their visit to the fair. 
They turn to face camera, look around them, turn and walk away. A group of 
young women enter from behind the organ and stop in front of it; their arms 
are linked and they are giggling happily. Meanwhile, Caligari is still 
declaiming at the top of his voice from the platform in front of his tent, 
swinging his bell with both hands. Finally, he puts down the bell, giving him 
more freedom of movement to gesture towards the poster of the sinister, 
staring figure. In the foreground are the hats of the crowd, many of them 
conical, as more people press round the platform.
TITLE:  'Step right up. Now showing for the first 
  time: Cesare, the miraculous, twenty-three 
  years of age, has for these three-and-twenty 
  years been sleeping -- night and day -- without 
  a break. Before your very eyes, Cesare will 
  awaken from his death-like rigidity. Step 
  right up. Step right up.'
Caligari picks the poster up in one hand and taps it vigorously with his cane 
to lend weight to his words. Then he puts the poster down and, with a 
theatrical sweep of his arm, draws back the flap of the tent opening behind 
him, and invites the people to enter. A number of people climb on to the 
platform to enter the tent, including the jovial couple we have previously 

Caligari, not quite satisfied with the response to his showman's cajoling, 
now removes his hat and makes sweeping gestures with it to urge more people 
to come to his show. A steady stream of people begin to enter the tent. The 
faces of the people in front of the platform are slightly upturned. 

In the center of the group, in angle shot, are Francis and Alan; the latter 
is speaking eagerly, animatedly, to his friend, urging him to come with him 
to see the somnambulist. Francis seems dubious and cynical, but Alan still 
tugs insistently at his arm. 

Fade in.
TITLE:  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Fade out.
Inside Caligari's tent  a central aisle leads from foreground to a small 
stage at rear. The audience for the show are sitting or standing on either 
side of the aisle. Suddenly a curtain on the right of the stage is swept 
aside and Caligari bounds on to the stage, ringing his bell and declaiming 
excitedly. He swiftly gets carried away with the task of his show, casting 
his bell away to the left. He removes his hat and makes a sweeping bow in 
front of the curtain, then replaces it and continues his gesticulations with 
the aid of his cane. Finally he lifts the curtain on the stage and a rope 
tied round the curtain pulls it away out of sight. Caligari takes up a 
position in the center of the stage.

A long narrow cabinet, closely resembling a coffin, is standing on end at the 
right of the stage. Caligari points towards it vigorously, still shouting to 
the audience. He reaches up on top of the cabinet and takes down a short 
stick with which he gestures again towards the doors of the box. Then, with a 
sudden movement, he flicks open the right door of the cabinet, then the left, 
to reveal Cesare standing immobile inside. The somnambulist is wearing black 
tights painted with random oblique stripes and a polo neck sweater. His 
heavily made-up eyes, which are closed, stand out strongly against a dead 
white face. Caligari, spectacles pushed up on forehead, gestures towards 
Cesare with the short stick. 

Caligari gazes maniacally towards the motionless figure of Cesare. He has 
pulled his spectacles down before his eyes again and his white hair straggles 
wildly from beneath his top hat. He turns towards Cesare, whose face, 
surmounted by an unruly mop of dark hair, looks very pale above his dark 
clothing. Caligari glares right towards Cesare. 

Caligari's excited expression shows that the climax of his show is drawing 
TITLE:  'Cesare! Do you hear me? It is I calling you: 
  I, Caligari, your master. Awaken for a brief 
  while from your dark night.'
Caligari looks up at Cesare expectantly.
Close-up of Cesare's face. He is wearing very heavy white mat make-up, with 
long eyelashes and thick black lines on his brow. His mouth is painted in the 
shape of a compressed Cupid's bow. Below each eye is a triangular patch of 
black make-up. In response to his master's command, the muscles around 
Cesare's mouth begin to twitch spasmodically, as with someone who is 
reluctantly coming out of a very deep sleep. His mouth quivers and falls 
slightly open; his eyelids flutter before parting slowly. Slowly the 
somnambulist's eyes open wide to a full manic glare, the iris almost entirely 
surrounded by white.

Caligari makes another gesture towards Cesare, who slowly raises his hands in 
front of him, fingers extended as though about to strangle someone. Slowly 
Cesare moves forward, stepping down from the cabinet; as he does so, Caligari 
shrinks away slightly, feigning apprehension. Cesare lowers his arms and 
Caligari gestures across the middle with his cane. His spectacles are once 
more pushed up on his forehead.

Alan and Francis are now in the audience, gazing upwards; their faces are 
more brightly lit than those of the other people around them. Both of them 
look somewhat disturbed and anxious about what is taking place on the stage 
and Alan's mouth has fallen slightly open. He still wears his hat with the 
floppy brim. He turns and talks agitatedly to Francis.

Caligari, head thrown back and knees slightly bent, is speaking to the 
audience again. Cesare stands motionless, one foot behind the other in a 
ballet dancer's pose, hands at his side.
Caligari has begun to grin triumphantly. His spectacles are pushed back on 
his brow; his eyes gleam and his teeth show as he turns from from one side of 
the audience to the other. His face lights up with a fiendish grin as he 
begins to speak again.
TITLE:  'Ladies and Gentlemen, Cesare will now answer 
  any question you like to put to him. Cesare 
  knows every secret. Cesare knows the past and 
  can see into the future. Come up and test him 
  for yourselves.'
Caligari bows again and looks admiringly at the wonderful Cesare. Then he 
turns to the audience again, looking expectantly at them, waiting for their 

Alan looks strangely disturbed by Caligari's proposal; he seizes Francis's 
hands and seems in the grip of some strange impulsion, desperately wanting to 
ask something. Clutching at Alan's right arm, Francis pleads with him not to 
ask a question. But Alan is absolutely determined to ask Cesare a question 
and will not be restrained.

Caligari is still posturing on the stage; Cesare's demoniac looks are 
emphasized by low angle lighting. Alan appears in front of the stage on the 
left, then crosses to the right of the stage and makes as though to climb on 
it. Francis comes after him, tugging at his coat and still trying to prevent 
him from asking his question. Finally, however, Alan manages to climb to the 
edge of the stage and he addresses himself to Caligari and Cesare.

Alan's face is brightly lit against a dark background -- the open face of an 
honest, naive young man. His eyebrows are raised questioningly as he prepares 
to speak.
TITLE:  'How long have I to live?'

Alan's face is upturned and questioning, his brow furrowed. Francis looks on 
with apparent horror as Alan asks his question and Cesare makes ready to 

Cesare's tousled hair falls over his brow and his eyes are staring wildly. 
The whiteness of his teeth stands out startlingly in his heavily made-up 
face. Behind him, a patch of the cabinet is brightly lit. He replies very 

TITLE:   'Until tomorrow's dawn.'
Cesare purses his lips after this brief, sinister utterance. Alan draws back 
shocked, then smiles, trying to put a good face on things, though clearly 
very shaken. He draws back, panting as he does so.

Francis stares on, eyes and mouth open in simple-minded disbelief, head 
tilted right.

A number of the people on either side of the central aisle have risen to 
their feet. Alan is still standing to the right of the stage. Francis 
succeeds in dragging him away, however, and the pair come down the aisle 
towards camera. Alan looks utterly bewildered and he has to be firmly guided 
by Francis. They go out right.

A street scene; there is a white area on the ground in the center and the 
background is composed of house facades leaning at crazy angles. A lamp-
lighter emerges from rear right carrying a lamp-lighting pole. His cloak is 
wrapped tightly round him and he wears a trilby-style hat pushed well back on 
his head. He crosses the street with a strange lunging gait to light a street 
lamp before disappearing from sight. Two men pass from left to right in front 
of the houses in the background. Alan and Francis enter and walk to the 
center of the space between the houses. Alan's attention is suddenly drawn by 
a poster on a wall on the left; he grasps his friend's arm and starts towards 

  Holstenwall Murder. 1,000 marks reward.
Iris in on the poster; iris widens to reveal Alan and Francis gazing intently 
at it. Alan still looks very upset and Francis has to lead him away from the 
poster. The two men turn away; as they do so, Francis sees Jane enter in the 
background and he hurries to greet her. Alan, after a last look at the 
poster, goes back to join them, circling behind them and halting at Jane's 
side. Alan takes Jane's hand and she in turn takes Francis's hand. They 
smile, seemingly very happy together. Jane's brows and eyes are heavily made 

The three friends move forwards towards camera, talking animatedly to each 
Another street scene in long shot; there is a brightly lit patch in the 
center and dark angular forms on either side. A dark alleyway leads off into 
shadow in the background. A flight of stairs leads upwards at a peculiar 
angle on the left. Alan, Francis and Jane enter from behind the dark form and 
walk slowly across the street to the bright patch, pausing an instant and 
turning to face camera before disappearing behind the form on left. Fast iris 
down to shadow of a distorted figure painted on the wall. (Although this is 
supposed to be a new locale, it can clearly be seen from the preceding frame 
that it is shot approximately 20 feet to the rear and left of the last 

Iris in on Caligari's caravan; it is painted in flowing stripes and patches 
and leans somewhat to the right. One wheel is partially visible on left and a 
short flight of steps leads up to the door in the center of the end which is 
visible; to the right of the door is a small slanting window. Caligari 
emerges from the door, descends the steps and goes to peer round his caravan, 
first on one side, then on the other. Looking about him expectantly, he 
returns and pauses briefly in front of the door, then darts into the caravan 
and swiftly closes the door behind him. Iris out.
TITLE:  On the way home.
Resume on the street setting in which we last saw Alan, Francis and Jane, 
(though the camera has now moved slightly to the right). Francis and Alan 
enter from left and saunter towards camera. They stop in the shadow of a dark 
form on the left and begin to talk. Francis makes as though to ascend the 

Francis, who has now begun to climb the stairs, speaks over his shoulder to 
Alan, who has a bemused expression on his face.
TITLE: 'Alan, we both love her.'
The faces of the two friends are brightly lit by a street lamp hanging above 
them. They both look full of good intentions, fully determined to behave as 
nobly as possible in this difficult situation.
TITLE: 'We must let her choose. But whatever her 
  choice, we shall always remain friends.'
They grip each other's hand firmly in their determination to be fair-minded.

Francis disappears up the flight of stairs on the left, while Alan turns and 
walks away in the opposite direction, his coat billowing around him. Iris out 
on the street lamp.
TITLE:  Night.
We are back in Alan's room; the bed is in center of frame, parallel to the 
right wall which is painted with black and white designs. In the background 
is one of the ladder-back chairs, strongly lit. Alan is asleep, his head high 
on the pillow, face upturned. A sinister-looking shadow slowly begins to 
creep across Alan and up on to the wall, assuming the outline of a human form 
greatly magnified. Alan suddenly awakes, utterly terrified as the person we 
cannot see slowly approaches his bed. He waves his hands about in front of 
him in a hysterical and fruitless attempt to fend the approaching person off.
Close-up of two hands with their fingers extended.
Alan is now sitting bolt upright in bed, thrashing about wildly in total 
panic. On the wall is the shadow of a hand with a knife poised above his head.

Alan stares, his mouth open; he clutches at his throat in a feeble attempt to 
defend himself.
The shadow on the wall raises the stiletto to strike and we see the shadow of 
Alan's hands raised to ward off the expected attack before the two close 
together in a desperate struggle. The standing shadow seizes the wrists of 
Alan's shadow, then raises the stiletto again and plunges downward. 

A woman dressed in black comes hurrying down the alley between two houses at 
the rear of the street scene outside the house where Francis lives, almost 
colliding with two men who pass in front of her. Her hurrying manner suggests 
profound emotional disturbance and shock, as she goes towards the stairs at 
left and begins to dart rapidly up them.

Francis is in his room standing by the large leather sofa; he is carefully 
adjusting his bow-tie. The woman in black rushes into the room behind 
Francis, who abruptly spins round to discover the cause of this sudden 
intrusion. The woman moves towards him, her face registering extreme grief 
and horror. 
TITLE:  'Mr. Francis! Mr. Francis! Mr. Alan is dead. 
The woman is speaking passionately, her left hand clasped to her breast. 
Francis's hands are still raised at the horrible news, his face expresses a 
mixture of sorrow and disbelief. The woman turns away to hide her face in her 
hands, completely overcome by her grief. Francis holds his fingertips almost 
together; his mouth has fallen partly open and he stares blankly away. He 
turns to the woman, who looks up startled, and points to the rear of the 
room. They both begin to move back past the sofa in the direction in which 
Francis has pointed.

In Alan's room, his disordered bed bears witness to the recent struggle, 
though we cannot see Alan's body from this angle. Francis and the woman rush 
into the room. He gazes horror-struck in the direction of the bed, before 
moving towards it; the woman looks away. Francis turns and comes slowly 
towards camera, eyes switching from left to right; the woman remains in the 
background by the window. A look of comprehension, which brings on a fit of 
gasping and swallowing, suddenly flits across Francis's face as he recalls 

TITLE:  'The prophecy of the somnambulist!' 

Francis stands staring, wide-eyed, trying to grasp an idea which his mind 
cannot quite entertain. The woman is almost lost in shadow at the rear of the 
room. Francis raises the finger of his left hand to his cheek; his expression 
is that of a man engagaed in the solution of a terrible problem. Iris out.

Diamond iris in, widening to reveal a staircase curving left and losing 
itself in shadow. Francis enters right, arms waving, and disappears at a run 
up the staircase.

Francis rushes into an office in the police-station. There is a table in the 
center of the office and two policemen are perched on very high stools, one 
on either side of the table. A number of papers are strewn on the floor in 
the foreground. On the left is a range of pigeon-holes from which more papers 
protrude; there is a triangular window in the back wall, on which a number of 
triangular shapes are painted. Both policemen are crouching conscientiously 
over their work when Francis enters, but his precipitous entrance causes them 
to climb down from their stools and close round him. They are both wearing 
flat round hats with chin straps and long jackets with double rows of shiny 
buttons. Francis clutches the arm of one of them.

Francis, very close to hysteria, has now laid a hand on both policemen, whose 
looks betray extreme concern as Francis talks wildly, eyes staring and chin 
thrust forward. He removes a hand from one of the policemen and raises it to 
the back of his neck, then slowly pantomimes the stabbing; he gasps and pants 
as he thrusts upwards and downwards. The two policemen lean back slightly and 
exchange a meaningful glance behind his back. Francis's hand remains upraised 
in a gesture of determination.

TITLE:  'I will not rest until I have got to the bottom 
  of these terrible events.'
Francis, eyes rolling dramatically, stands with arm aloft. One of the 
policemen dashes off left, while the other remains with Francis, who has now 
started to make stabbing motions again. The other policeman re-enters, 
closely followed by a youngish inspector wearing a short cape and a high 
conical hat. The three policemen all cluster round Francis, who stands at the 
front of the group with his right arm raised. The inspector confers with his 
two subordinates behind Francis.

Francis descends the stairs from the police station slowly and hesitantly; he 
is still very dazed and bewildered by events. At the foot of the stairs, 
where low-angle lighting gives his face a macabre pallor, he comes towards 
camera, then stops and raises his hand wearily to his brow. He pushes his 
hair back, then lets his arm slowly fall over his face, before leaving right, 
head bowed. Iris out. 

The scene changes to that of a peaceful garden. On the left is a high wall 
which curves gently to center rear and immediately beneath it is a path which 
runs along the length of the wall. On the right of the path are a number of 
cutouts representing trees and bushes. Jane, dressed in a flowing white gown, 
comes down the few steps which lead from a doorway in the wall and hurries 
along the path to meet Francis who is advancing towards her. When they meet, 
the girl catches hold of his arm and turns to walk with him along the path. 
Francis is staggering slightly from the effect of recent events. They stop 
near the doorway and the girl gazes up into his face, trying to divine the 
reason for his disturbed condition. Jane has to bend slightly forward to look 
into Francis's face, but as Francis reveals the reason for his grief, she 
straightens up suddenly, eyes dilated with horror. Francis slumps left and 
sinks down on a bench by the wall; shoulders bowed, he is the picture of 
utter wretchedness. The girl asks him to tell her more of what has happened; 
every detail that Francis adds to his story draws a further shudder of horror 
from her, until, unable to bear any more, she turns away again, incapable of 
containing her grief. 

Jane enters a sitting room, the sides of which are curtained with broad 
swathes of scrim. In the center of the room is a small occasional table on 
which there is a vase containing three unnatural looking flowers; there is a 
long curved sofa behind the table; the rear wall is painted with a scallop 
pattern. Jane is followed in almost immediately by Francis and they both come 
to the center of the room, standing between the table and sofa, where the 
girl motions to Francis to remain before leaving the room. Francis stands 
alone for a few seconds by the table and then an older man, Jane's father, 
very carefully dressed in dark suit and high white collar, enters and goes 
swiftly towards the table to talk to Francis.

Dissolve to Francis and Jane's father talking together. As Francis talks he 
gestures downwards with his clenched fist; the other man, a very serious 
expression on his face, listens carefully, looking over his spectacles at 
Francis. He appears very concerned about what he hears but he manages all the 
same to lay a reassuring hand on Francis's wrist.
TITLE: 'I will get a permit from the police to examine 
  the somnambulist.'
Jane's father continues talking animatedly while Francis listens intently. He 
nods in agreement as the other man points off left across him before they 
both leave the room.

Night has fallen; we see a narrow street in the town, partly illuminated by a 
bright lamp which is suspended above the street. The walls of the houses on 
either side of the street lean crazily in all directions; there are slanting 
windows in the walls on right and a shadowy doorway in the wall opposite. The 
figure of a man emerges furtively from the shadows at rear and moves 
cautiously forward, hugging the wall on right and remaining well concealed in 
its shadow. His features and dress gradually become more visible as he moves 
towards camera, and we see that he has a full black beard. He is wearing a 
dark jacket and sweater, with trousers in a lighter material tucked into knee 
boots. He moves, still furtive, out of the shadow and crosses to the other 
side of the street, constantly glancing over his shoulder to make sure he is 
still unobserved. Then, with a last swift movement, he darts into the doorway 
on left. Iris out.

Iris in, upper left of screen, on a woman wearing a frilly night cap shouting 
and screaming at a window.
TITLE:  'Murder! ... Help! ... Murder!'
The woman screams frantically from the window.
The bearded man suddenly rushes out of the doorway and into the street, now 
seen in high angle shot. A knife glints in his hand as he rushes down the 
street in the direction from which he came. Suddenly, however, he is forced 
to turn round as a group of townspeople, attracted by the woman's cries, rush 
into the street. The man turns and comes towards camera, one eye on his 
pursuers and his knife raised defensively in front of him.

The bearded man is finally captured by his pursuers in another street -- the 
one from which the flight of steps lead up to Francis's room. The man 
struggles so violently that several townspeople are needed to hold him down; 
they manage after a struggle to drag him away. Iris out.

Iris in on Caligari, dressed in his top hat and long dark coat; he is bending 
low over something and making vigorous stirring motions. Iris widens to 
reveal the interior of Caligari's caravan and Caligari stirring a bowl of 
porridge or similar mashed food. The interior is almost entirely bare of 
furnishing or decoration; behind Caligari is the end of the caravan with the 
door which we have already seen from the outside; to the left of the door is 
a small window. There is a long chest on left which can be recognized as the 
cabinet in which Cesare has been displayed at the fair; it is now lying 
lengthways. By the cabinet is a low table on which Caligari sits while he 
stirs the mashed food. Caligari rises to his feet, still stirring, walks 
around the back of the table and places the bowl of food on it. He turns to 
the cabinet and opens the doors to disclose Cesare lying absolutely prone and 
stiff, seemingly in a very deep sleep. Caligari round to the head of the 
cabinet, reaches in, places both hands under Cesare's arms and raises him to 
a sitting position; Cesare's eyes are still closed. Caligari steadies the 
somnambulist in his sitting position as Cesare looks as though he may very 
well fall back into the cabinet. The Doctor turns and picks up the bowl of 
food he has prepared and begins to feed the mash to Cesare, stirring the food 
between each spoonful. 

The scene changes to the outside of Caligari's caravan. Francis, followed by 
Jane's father, comes in from left. Francis is wearing a flowing cape and a 
hat with a rounded crown and brim; his companion is wearing a top hat. They 
go towards the door of the caravan and Francis moves slightly to the right so 
that he can look through the window before knocking on the door.

Inside the caravan, Caligari, who is still feeding Cesare, looks up suddenly 
as he hears the knocking on his door. He hurriedly puts the bowl down and 
pushes Cesare back into a recumbent position in the cabinet and quickly 
closes the doors. He goes towards the door, but before he opens it, he 
crouches slightly and turns to take one last look at the interior to make 
certain everything is in order. He finally moves to open the door.

Francis and Jane's father are still waiting outside the caravan; Francis 
knocks urgently at the door. Caligari opens the door and sticks his head out 
to look at Francis; the other man is excluded from his view because the door 
opens outwards. Francis and Caligari exchange some words which seem to make 
the latter very excited, for he suddenly jumps down the steps, slams the door 
shut behind him and spreads out his arms to bar the two men from entering the 

Caligari continues to bar the way of the others into his caravan, glaring 
implacably at them through his round spectacles, shouting 'Nein!' in reply to 
their entreaties to enter. The Doctor produces a piece of paper from his 
pocket which he shows to Caligari, provoking Caligari to clench his fists in 
fury and further shouts of 'Nein!' After further exchanges Caligari finally 
relents, shuffles slightly forward, then turns and bows towards the caravan 
with exaggerated politeness for Jane's father to enter; he goes in, followed 
by Francis and Caligari.

The stairs leading to the police station; four townspeople enter dragging the 
bearded man, whom they half pull, half push up the stairs. A curl of smoke, 
whose existence is unexplained, rises from left.

Three policemen in uniform are sitting round the table in the station office; 
two are on high stools on either side of the table and the other is sitting 
lower down behind the table. The group of men from the town enter at a run: 
propelling their bearded captive into the room. The policemen climb down from 
their stools and join the townspeople in the center of the room around the 
criminal. The townsmen, all of whom are wearing capes and conical hats, point 
accusingly at the man they have captured.

Camera pans over the faces of the men as they all try to give their evidence 
simultaneously. They talk rapidly, excitedly. The captive has a hang-dog, 
beaten look in the middle of his accusers.

Close-up of the criminal, hair disordered and chin covered with several days 
stubble. He glares balefully at his captors. On the right the face of a 
townsman is visible, serious, slightly worried. One of the men hands the 
knife which has been confiscated from the criminal to the inspector. The 
latter balances it thoughtfully in his hand, looks at the criminal and 
gestures left, whereupon the policemen seize the captive and march him firmly 
off. The four men from the town remain with the inspector; the man closest to 
him points to the knife and speaks and the others move closer to offer their 
opinion before finally leaving in a group. The Inspector remains gazing at 
the knife and then turns and goes back to the desk behind him.

Meanwhile, inside Caligari's caravan, Jane's father, a doctor, is examining 
Cesare who has been raised to a half-sitting position. Caligari is standing 
right, fuming with rage, while Francis has taken up a position at the head of 
the cabinet to see what Jane's father is doing. The doctor looks up and 
glances towards Caligari, before bending again to listen to Cesare's 
heartbeat. Cesare's eyes are still closed.

Caligari slides his eyes craftily to left, followed by a movement of his 
head. Then slowly he moves his head and eyes back right. Jane's father 
straightens up and turns towards Caligari, speaking sharply to him and 
gesturing with both hands.
TITLE: 'Wake him up.'
Caligari scowls malevolently at the doctor and firmly refuses to carry out 
his request. Francis looks through the window, his attention suddenly 
attracted by something outside. He dashes to the door and disappears through 
Outside Caligari's caravan; Francis bursts suddenly out of the door as 
another man enters scene and promptly leaves again after handing Francis a 
handbill, which Francis starts reading avidly. He turns and calls to Jane's 
father, who in turn comes dashing down the steps to read the handbill; the 
two men stand bent over the document.

  The killer of two recent victims 
  has been caught in his third attempt.
Francis and the doctor look closely at the document, then turn and look over 
their shoulders as Caligari comes abruptly through his front door. They leave 
hurriedly left and Caligari, standing on the steps of his caravan with his 
hat in his hand, makes two exaggeratedly sweeping bows after their departing 
figures. He grins slyly, then raises his hat to his face and peeps over it. 
He cackles gaily, replaces the hat firmly on his head and goes back into the 
caravan, turning momentarily to look in the direction which Francis and his 
companion have taken.
TITLE:  Worried by her father's long absence ...
Jane is sitting at the small table in the scrim-hung room in her house. She 
is gazing abstractedly at an open book which she holds chest-high in front of 
her. She turns her head to look left -- anxiously, as though waiting for 
someone -- then turns back to her book again. Finally she shuts the book with 
a gesture of impatience, rises, looks around worriedly and makes as though to 
leave the room.

In the meantime, Francis and her father have arrived at the police station. 
The bearded criminal is standing between two policemen, scowling horribly. 
Jane's father is sitting on the right of the room on a ladder-back chair and 
Francis stands just behind him, his elbow resting on the back of the chair.

Francis's face is very pale, registering deep anguish. Everyone is staring 
intently at the criminal, whose bearded face shifts uneasily.

The criminal looks shiftily to one side and speaks through gritted teeth. His 
eyes move from side to side as he infuses greater vehemence into what he is 
TITLE: 'I had nothing to do with the first two 
  murders, so help me God.'
The expression on the speaker's face becomes slightly calmer. Jane's father 
barks something at the criminal, moving his head up and down emphatically. 
The latter stares in front of him, head slightly bent.

Close-up of the criminal as he continues his account.
TITLE:  'The old woman ... yes; it's true I wanted to 
  kill her ... with a stab from the same kind of 
  dagger, to throw suspicion on to the mystery 

The criminal begins to speak very emphatically.

Jane's father and Francis listen intently as the criminal finishes his 
Puzzlement registers on the faces of Jane's father and Francis. The doctor 
looks upwards over his spectacles and Francis looks down at the doctor, 
before looking again in the direction of the criminal. Francis turns away 
from the criminal towards the camera, puts his hand to his brow and leans on 
the back of the doctor's chair. His expression shows that he does not know 
what to believe; iris out upper right on his head and hand.

Iris in on the merry-go-round in the upper right of the fairground scene; the 
merry-go-round is no longer turning. Iris also includes Jane's face. The iris 
widens as Jane turns to look over her left shoulder, before walking across 
the open space in front of the merry-go-round and the railings which mark the 
top of the flight of steps. She is now wearing a long dress made of striped 
material. She walks towards the rear of the open space, then turns and looks 
around her. Finally she crosses to the head of the steps on the right and 
goes down them, serpenting from one side to the other as she descends the 
various flights and finally disappears from view.

Jane comes towards camera down the alleyway; between the fairground tents and 
marquees. On the right is the platform in front of Caligari's tent, with the 
unrolled poster of Cesare still in position. Jane advances cautiously down 
the alleyway, peering about her. When she reaches Caligari's tent, she first 
gazes at the poster, then begins to mount the steps to the platform. There is 
some trepidation in her attitude, but she is determined to go on in spite of 

Caligari's head pokes out of the tent opening. He looks to right and left, 
glaring through his spectacles.

Jane, who has now reached the top of the short flight of stairs leading on to 
the platform, recoils slightly at the unnerving sight of the doctor, now 
leaning forward out of the tent opening and gesturing towards her with the 
head of his cane.

Jane's face in close-up looks deadly pale, an effect accentuated by the dark 
shadow around the eyes, which now register alarm at the sudden apparition of 

Caligari comes completely out of the tent opening to speak to Jane; he is 
still gesturing towards her with his cane. She leans forward to speak to him 
from her position at the top of the stairs and he bends down to her level to 
hear more clearly.
TITLE:  'Is my father here -- the doctor?'
Caligari smiles as Jane speaks to him, almost as though he were making a 
special effort to be polite to her. He shakes his head. A crafty grin flits 
across Caligari's face and he looks away right. Then his eyes switch back 
left; he looks extremely pleased with himself.
TITLE: 'Oh yes -- the doctor. Won't you come in and 
  wait for him?'
As Caligari replies, Jane, still very ill at ease in the presence of this 
bizarre individual, raises her hands across her chest and draws back. 
Caligari gestures towards the tent opening, inviting her to come in. Her 
hesitancy shows clearly and Caligari's bowing and cajoling become more 
frenetic. Eventually she steps forward reluctantly on to the platform and 
Caligari disappears inside the tent though his hand is still visible 
beckoning from the opening.

Inside the tent, Caligari enters left, followed by Jane to whom he turns with 
a sinister smile, beckoning her to come forward as he moves towards the 
cabinet now standing in its former position, upright on the tiny stage at the 
rear of the tent. Jane looks extremely apprehensive as Caligari uses all his 
gifts as a showman to increase the feeling of tension in the situation. 
Standing to the left of the cabinet, he extends his forefinger and flips open 
first one, then the other door of the cabinet, revealing Cesare standing 
motionless, eyes closed. Caligari hops into a half crouch and springs round, 
grinning unpleasantly, to see what effect this revelation has had on Jane.

Caligari's eyes stare wickedly and brightly through his round spectacles.

Jane draws away from the sinister form of Cesare, but Caligari gestures with 
his hand for her to come nearer and points jerkily towards Cesare with the 
head of his cane. Jane moves slowly towards the still figure of the 
somnambulist, fascinated in spite of herself. She moves to the right of the 
cabinet and looks upwards towards the occupant making her face almost 
invisible. Cesare suddenly inclines his head slightly towards the girl, opens 
his eyes and glares at her. Jane is terrified; she backs away away and turns, 
raising her hand to her throat. Caligari looks on, very satisfied with the 
effect of his little exhibition. Jane, overcome with terror, screams and 
rushes away. Caligari and Cesare move their heads slightly to follow her 
departure. Iris out on Caligari's face.
TITLE:  After the funeral.
Iris in on the cemetery wall which runs from right foreground to a half-grill 
gate at rear. Foliage forms are painted on the wall and branch and leaf forms 
hang down from above. Jane, her father, and Francis enter through the gate 
and walk forwards towards camera. They are all dressed in mourning and Jane 
walks with her head slightly bowed. The trio walks solemnly forward and 
disappears on right. Iris out.
TITLE:  Night.
Francis has returned to the fairground, where we see him descending the steps 
behind the railing of the balustrade, gradually disappearing from view as he 
negotiates each successive flight. 

Francis enters the alleyway between the tents and marquees from the rear. He 
runs forward quickly yet stealthily, keeping close to the tents on the left, 
the opposite side to Caligari's tent. When he reaches a point immediately 
opposite Caligari's tent, he tries to peer through the opening, then swiftly 
darts across the alleyway to the foot of the platform to get a closer look. 
Still not satisfied, he pulls himself up on to the platform and creeps 
forward on his hands and knees to the entrance of the tent. He raises the 
flap slightly and looks inside, finally pushing his head completely through 
the opening. Then, seemingly worried that someone should see him in this 
strange posture, he looks furtively behind him. Not seeing what he was 
looking for, he gets up and goes off down the alleyway, still hesitant, still 
looking for something, Francis enters from the left outside Caligari's 
caravan and runs crouching across to the right where he sidles up to the 

Francis peers curiously through the window of Caligari's' caravan. Through 
the window Caligari can be seen sitting in a chair on the left, apparently 
asleep, his hands folded under his chin and supported on the top of his cane. 
By his side the upper half of the open cabinet is visible, revealing Cesare's 
upturned face seen from below. He also appears to be asleep.

Francis is still gazing through the window.
Jane's bedroom in medium long shot; at the rear are very high narrow windows 
with painted scroll work between them. In the foreground is Jane's bed, 
lavishly draped with white material. Jane is asleep, face upturned and her 
right arm curling round the back of her head.

At the same time, just outside Jane's house, Cesare advances stealthily down 
the path by the garden wall, still dressed in his tight dark clothes. He 
walks, with a strange stiff-legged gait, right arm extended above his head as 
he feels his way along the wall with his hand. He finally comes to a lighted 
doorway in the wall and he turns slowly and mounts the three steps which lead 
up to it and disappears.

Jane is still sleeping in the same position as before. Behind one of the 
windows at the rear of the room the sinister figure of Cesare slowly rises 

The face and torso of Cesare appear more clearly through the window. A long 
stiletto gleams in his hand.

Jane, however, continues to sleep peacefully, as Cesare begins to remove a 
bar from the window.

Cesare has now completely detached the bar from the window; he quickly tosses 
it away and steps over the window sill into the room. Cesare moves away 
slowly from the window, sliding towards the bed like some graceful automaton. 
As he comes to the edge of the bed, he raises the shining stiletto over the 
sleeping form of the oblivious Jane. The whites of his eyes are brightly 

Cesare stares forward, expressionless, the long dagger poised for the 
downward plunge.

Cesare begins to stab downwards towards Jane's body. Then suddenly he stops 
and his shoulders move jerkily several times. An almost benevolent expression 
spreads over his face, as he drops the knife and begins to bend forward 
slowly again.

Gently, Cesare bends down towards Jane, slowly extending his fingers and 
reaching out with his right arm until it touches the hair of the sleeping 
girl. Jane wakes up immediately, absolutely beside herself with terror. 
Cesare seizes her wrists. 

Grinning grotesquely, Cesare struggles with the girl's wrists and pulls her 
face towards him. She holds her eyes tightly shut. Cesare, laughing, grasps 
her by her chin and hair and pushes her down on the bed, where she continues 
to struggle.

She fights with Cesare on the bed and manages to roll away from him for an 
instant, but then he manages to grasp both wrists again as she hurls herself 
forward in a determined effort to shake him off. In an effort to hold her 
still, Cesare wraps his arm round the girl's breast, whereupon she raises her 
hands as though to scratch his face, so that he is forced to grab her wrists 
again. Finally Cesare manages to set both his hands round the girl's neck.
Cesare picks Jane up, his left arm passing round her waist. She is still 
struggling so violently that Cesare is unable to detach her from a bundle of 
bedclothes which he picks up with her.

Two men are asleep, in medium shot, heads pointing towards the center of the 
frame. They suddenly sit up in bed, looking very alarmed, and point off left. 
The older man turns to the younger and they both begin to get out of bed as 
quickly as possible. 

Cesare, in the meantime, has grasped the girl more firmly and is carrying her 
towards the window through which he entered; the bedclothes fall to the floor 
as Jane still struggles faintly under his arm.

The two men, now risen from their beds, move away from camera into darkness.

The two men rush into Jane's bedroom from the rear and dash towards the empty 
bed, waving their arms in consternation and confusion. A dark-haired woman, 
wearing a white blouse and dark skirt, runs in after them. Another man 
follows her into the room, pushes his way between the two others and throws 
himself on the rumpled bed in a burst of grief and desperation. Then the 
first two men and the woman notice the window open at the back of the room 
and all three run back towards it.

The younger man points up through the window towards the rooftops. His 
companion looks through the window in the same direction.

The man who prostrated himself on the bed now picks himself up and goes to 
join the other three at the window.

He rudely pushes the woman out of his way in his anxiety to look out of the 

Cesare comes from the left carrying the girl bundled under his arm; he makes 
his way across very precipitous rooftops which lean towards each other at 
crazy angles. Long, narrow chimney-pots pointing in all directions, stand out 
against a brightly-lit sky. Cesare walks swiftly along the ridge of one of 
the rooftops and then begins to disappear from sight behind the crest of a 

Caligari, seen through the bars of his caravan window, is still apparently 
asleep, hands folded on top of his cane. By his side, the figure of Cesare is 
still lying in the open cabinet.

Outside the caravan, Francis gazes intently through the window. 

Cesare, still carrying Jane, comes out of the brightly lit doorway in the 
garden wall. He moves away quickly down the path towards the rear, keeping 
close to the wall. 

A second or two later, the young man, who has already been seen in the 
bedroom, starts out of the doorway in hot pursuit of Cesare; he is followed 
closely by the older man, still wearing pajama trousers. They run quickly 
down the path and disappear.

Cesare, now staggering under his human burden, is approaching the crown of a 
small hump-backed bridge, from which a tortuous path leads down. The bridge 
is very abruptly arched and lamps and a balustrade are painted along its 
parapet. In the foreground are a number of gaunt gothic tree forms, giving a 
sinister air to the scene. The sides of the screen are blacked out. Cesare 
staggers down the path from the crown of the bridge, turning his feet 
outwards in an effort to preserve his balance. As he comes down from the 
bridge, his two pursuers appear on the path on the other side of the bridge, 
rapidly gaining on him. Cesare lets Jane fall to the ground and runs away 
down the path. The two leading men pick up her prostrate body and, joined by 
a third, carry her back up the path and over the bridge. As they pick her up, 
a number of men dash past them to continue the pursuit of Cesare.

Cesare appears climbing up a steeply sloping path on a hillside covered with 
coarse, spear-pointed grass. On the horizon are cut-out tree forms with weird 
tapering branches; they stand out in silhouette against a brightly-lit sky. 
As he mounts the path, Cesare shows all the signs of great exhaustion: his 
shoulders are sagging, his arms are droopingly outstretched, as though he is 
making a feeble attempt to retain his balance. He staggers, stops, turns, 
crumples to the ground and rolls away out of sight down the hillside.

Francis is still standing looking through the window of Caligari's caravan. 
He turns away slightly from the window and half-faces camera; he seems 
pensive, troubled.

He ducks away from the window and moves stealthily away; he comes towards 
camera and exits center foreground.

Jane lies sprawled in a chair in the sitting room of her father's house. Her 
father, the doctor, is bending anxiously over her. A maidservant leaves the 
room at rear as Francis rushes in from the left and throws himself 
passionately at Jane's feet, imploring her to show some sign of consciousness. 

Dissolve to Francis and the doctor lifting Jane into an upright sitting 
position. Her eyes, though open, are quite expressionless and the iris is 
almost completely surrounded by white. Francis gazes imploringly into the 
eyes of his beloved. Jane at last begins to look around her with signs of 
increasing consciousness; but the muscles of her face freeze as a terrible 
memory recurs to her.
TITLE:  'Cesare ...'
Jane shrieks again and raises her hands to her face. Francis shakes his head 
negatively, almost pityingly, as he looks up into her terror stricken face. 
Jane nods her head again, very certain she is correct about her attacker's 
identity. Francis, a worried expression on his face, rises to his feet and 
joins Jane's father standing behind his daughter's chair. He takes the 
doctor's hand and places it emphatically on his chest.
TITLE:  'It can't have been Cesare. Cesare was asleep 
  all the time. I have been watching him for 
Francis emphasizes what he has just said with a firm gesture of his clenched 
hand. Jane, for her part, raises both hands and clenches her fists, 
absolutely convinced she is right. The doctor bends forward to listen 
intently to his daughter. Then he turns to look at Francis, who remains 
equally firmly convinced by what he believes to be the evidence of his own 

The doctor bends down to listen to what Jane has to say. She half-turns her 
head to the left and raises it slightly towards her father. Iris out.

Back at the police-station; two policemen sit one on either side of the 
central table. Francis dashes in from the left and stops in front of the 
table, turning to the policeman at left with an excited movement. The 
policeman climbs down from his stool, as does his companion. All three men 
turn towards camera and Francis, now talking excitedly and looking wildly 
about him, emphasizes his words with downward strokes of his right hand. He 
is beginning to appear tired now, as though recent events are proving too 
much for him. He raises his hand to his brow and stares hard at the policeman 
on the left before speaking.
TITLE: 'Is the prisoner safely in his cell?'
Francis looks at the one on the left who nods affirmatively, as does his 
colleague. Francis looks utterly bewildered.
TITLE.: 'I should like to see him.'
The two policemen confer briefly between themselves, then lead Francis away 
between them.

Francis comes down the station stairs followed by the two policemen; the 
three exit at left. Iris out.

Iris opens out to reveal an enclosed space with large inverted pyramidal 
forms on either side, representing the outside of the jail. A figure '5' is 
printed boldly on the form at left. The policemen enter from the shadows at 
the rear of the space, followed at a distance by Francis. He follows them as 
they walk round the form, beckoning him to come and look at something with 
them. The two policemen and Francis in close-up look right. The policemen are 
in profile, while Francis has turned away from camera. The policemen's faces, 
very solemn, are strongly lit from below; one of them has a sweeping handle-
bar moustache, the other a tiny tooth-brush affair.

The bearded criminal is squatting on the floor of his cell in the center of a 
white painted patch in the form of four trapezoids splayed out star-fashion. 
Behind him the wall is painted in broad irregular bands of white and black; 
there is a distorted window high in the wall behind him. His right leg is 
attached by a length of chain with massive links to an irregular block at 
left. The criminal raises his head, then slowly lets it sink down on his 
chest again. Francis turns from the triangular-shaped peep-hole, through 
which he has been looking at the criminal, to look at the policemen. Then he 
turns to face camera, his face drawn and worried -- is there nothing stable 
or fixed in the world?

Back at Caligari's caravan, Cesare's master is looking anxiously through the 
bars of his window. His eyes shift backwards and forwards uneasily as he 
anxiously awaits the return of the somnambulist.

Caligari is apparently asleep again in the chair by the open cabinet, in 
which the recumbent form of Cesare is still visible. Outside the caravan, 
Francis enters from left and goes towards the window, closely followed by 
the inspector and two policemen. Caligari can still be seen through the 
window sitting beside Cesare's cabinet.

The policemen hesitate briefly in front of the caravan door and the inspector 
turns towards his two subordinates. Francis has taken up his old post by the 
window. The inspector motions to the two policemen to position themselves on 
either side of the caravan, while he raps sharply on the door. Caligari, 
fully dressed in hat and coat and carrying his cane, bounces out angrily, 
slams the door behind him and looks defiantly at the inspector. 

TITLE: 'He must not be disturbed.' 

Caligari makes forbidding gestures with his cane, firmly resisting all 
attempts to enter his caravan. The inspector steps quickly up from the left 
and shoves Caligari roughly inside.

The inspector pushes Caligari to the right of the door which he then opens, 
whereupon the two policemen climb up the steps and enter the caravan.

Caligari looks out of the corner of his eyes towards the open door, then he 
closes his eyes and allows his head to fall slowly forward. His right hand is 
clasped to his chest.

The policemen come out of the caravan and descend the steps carrying the 
notorious cabinet between them. They set it down on the ground and the 
inspector and Francis start forward expectantly. Caligari rolls his eyes in 
panic as he looks downward towards the box. He raises his clenched fist to 
his face and draws back.

The two policemen stand back and the inspector quickly bends forward and 
opens the lid of the cabinet. None of the men can contain his curiosity and 
they all bend over the box to look at the figure of Cesare which lies 
revealed. The head of Cesare is seen from below the chin; below the chin is 
the high neck of the polo neck sweater.

Francis bends forward to grasp the figure in the box by the shoulders. Behind 
him, Caligari, wide-eyed with alarm, raises his hands in horror. He is not so 
paralyzed by the situation, however, that he cannot make good his escape 
while all the other men are preoccupied with the figure in the box. Francis 
pulls the figure up to its full length, then flings it down disgustedly on 
the box as he realizes he is holding a dummy.

Caligari appears running up a sloping path across a hillside very similar to 
the one on which Cesare collapsed. It is also painted with jagged lines to 
represent spearhead grass and there are the same gaunt silhouettes of trees 
on the ridge of the hill. Caligari runs up the path to the top of the hill, 
where he pauses briefly -- a sinister cloaked and hatted figure silhouetted 
against the bright sky -- before disappearing from view over the crest. As he 
drops from sight, Francis appears on the path in the foreground and also 
dashes up to the crest of the hill before disappearing on the other side in 
pursuit of the fugitive.

Caligari appears running over the small hump-backed bridge and down the 
tortuous path where Cesare earlier let Jane fall; he sways wildly as he comes 
at a strange shuffling run towards camera. The dark figure of Francis 
materializes on the crown of the bridge, in hot pursuit. He chases Caligari 
out in center foreground.

Caligari runs up from right along another path up a steep hillside. The scene 
is very similar to the one in which Caligari has already crossed a hillside, 
but the path he follows is broader and there are fewer tree silhouettes on 
the crest of the hill. Francis follows Caligari closely up the path, gaining 
on him steadily. 

Caligari scuttles in at right of a street scene, which is brightly 
illuminated from above by street lamps. The walls on either side of the 
street disappear into shadow; a poster stands out prominently on one of the 
walls. Caligari runs towards a gate at the rear which he opens and through 
which he disappears. Francis enters right, pauses by the corner of the wall 
to peer round it, then begins to move swiftly towards the gate through which 
Caligari has disappeared.

But before Francis reaches the gate his attention is caught by the poster 
which is prominently displayed on one of the walls. He stops to read it; we 
note that there is a tiny arrow pointing from it towards the gate through 
which Caligari has just passed. Francis starts back as he reads what is 
written -- LUNATIC ASYLUM.
Francis shrinks back from the poster, then turns towards the gate and opens 
it gingerly.

Francis is escorted into a courtyard by a white-jacketed attendant. At the 
rear of the courtyard is the light-colored facade of the main building of the 
Institution, in which there are three large rounded arches with vaguely 
oriental patterns painted round them. About eight feet above these, set in 
the wall of the facade, is a row of eight smaller arched openings. The 
courtyard itself is painted with alternate rays of light and dark which 
spread out from a radial point close to the center of the yard. On the right 
of the courtyard a number of deep leather armchairs are set out. 

After escorting Francis to the center of the yard, the attendant walks 
swiftly to the arch on right of the facade and disappears. Francis remains in 
the courtyard gazing inquisitively about him. The attendant returns from the 
archway accompanied by a youngish doctor wearing a long white coat. The two 
men approach Francis and the doctor remains to talk to him, while the 
attendant goes out past the leather armchairs on the right. Francis speaks 
excitedly to the young doctor.
TITLE:  'Have you a patient here named Dr. Caligari?'
The doctor shakes his head negatively and Francis becomes more frantic, 
moving his hands excitedly to emphasize his words. The young doctor turns and 
goes back towards the arch where an older man, gray-haired and also wearing a 
long white coat, has appeared. The two doctors confer briefly together, while 
Francis remains in foreground, back to camera. The two men walk forward to 
join Francis and the older one listens carefully to Francis's story, a 
worried expression on his face. Francis, for his part, looks very puzzled and 
TITLE: 'The Director came back only today. Perhaps you 
  would like to talk to him yourself.'
Francis nods, signifying that he would like to see the Director, and he turns 
to follow the older doctor through the archway. The younger man digs his 
hands deeply into the pockets of his white coat and goes out right.

The old doctor appears on the left leading Francis down a hallway towards a 
door on right. The floor of the hallway is painted with black tendril forms. 
The doctor turns to Francis and opens the door in the wall of the hall and 
then waits for Francis to precede him through it. Francis removes his hat as 
he passes through the doorway, while the doctor remains in the hall and 
closes the door after Francis and turns to retrace his steps down the hall. 

Francis enters a strangely chaotic room. The walls are very irregular and 
painted with curved shapes; the floor is painted with dark wavy lines. There 
is a standing skeleton on left and at rear of room is a large irregularly 
curved desk. In front of the desk are several high piles of books and there 
are a further two piles on the desk. Between these two piles can be seen the 
bent head of the Director as he works at his desk; we can see that he has 
white, straggling hair. Francis advances slowly towards him. 

Behind the head of the Director is the heavily upholstered leather back of 
his armchair. Slowly the Director raises his head to reveal the madly staring 
eyes, round spectacles and long white hair of Dr. Caligari.

Francis, unable to control his shock, stumbles over one of the piles of 
books, then starts backwards under the basilisk gaze of Caligari. He spins 
round as quickly as he can and flees to the door. 

Francis backs out through the door into the hall, staring wildly into the 
room he has just left. He manages, however, to gather himself together 
sufficiently to slam the door shut before lurching unsteadily away down the 
Still staggering, Francis appears coming down a flight of stairs and through 
the central arch of the facade into the courtyard. Three men in white coats 
rush after him through the arch and together half lift him, half drag him, 
into one of the leather armchairs on right of the courtyard.

Francis's face has turned a chalky-white with shock and contrasts sharply 
with the more normal flesh tones of the faces of the three doctors who gather 
in a semi-circle round his chair, bending forward eagerly to catch his words; 
they exchange concerned glances. Francis speaks rapidly, turning from one to 
another of the men.
TITLE:  'He -- he alone and none other -- is Caligari.'
The three doctors look at one another, then bend forward towards Francis, 
listening intently. Francis talks on, clasping his hands together, imploring 
them to believe him. He raises his hands to his brow in utter despair at 
their apparent disbelief. Fade out.
TITLE:  While the Doctor is asleep at his house, 
  investigations are made.
High angle shot of a man lying asleep on a brightly lit bed; the room around 
the bed is partly lost in shadow. The bedclothes are very disordered and the 
head of the man tosses uneasily in his sleep, revealing the features of 

Fade into an exterior scene: Francis is just approaching a door in an outside 
wall of the Institution. A winding path leads away towards rear past a 
silhouette tree with thorny branches. As Francis reaches the door, a doctor 
dressed in a long coat comes out. He stops and speaks to Francis who seems 
about to push his way past the man and go through the door.
TITLE:  'He is asleep.'
The doctor and Francis move away from the door and walk away from camera down 
the winding path.

Francis and three doctors in long white coats come down the hall towards the 
door of the Director's office. One of the men opens it and all four disappear 

Once inside the Director's office, the four men rush towards the large desk 
at the rear and begin to examine excitedly the books which are piled on it, 
looking closely at the titles. The older doctor towards the standing 
skeleton, moves it aside and reaches behind it. The others look on curiously.

Francis and the other two doctors stare intently right. Behind the skeleton 
is a small cupboard set deeply in the wall, from which the older man removes 
two weighty-looking tomes. His triumphant expression plainly shows that he 
has found what he has been looking for. He opens the first and smiles 
affirmatively. The older doctor has rejoined the other three men who are 
grouped around the desk. Francis opens the upper of the two volumes and the 
other three gather round to read over his shoulder as he bends forwards over 
the desk.
INSERT (printed in black-letter type):

  A Compendium of the University of Uppsala.
  Published in the year 1726.
Francis looks up at the other men, the light of understanding dawning in his 
TITLE: 'This has always been his special study.'
Francis looks at the other men, then down at the book again, which he begins 
to leaf through excitedly, turning the pages with great rapidity.

Caligari, seen from a high angle, is still sleeping restlessly in his 
disordered bed.

The four men are now bent very closely over one of the pages in the book. 
Francis's nose is only about a foot from the page.
INSERT (printed in black-letter type): 

  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 
  In the year 1703, a mystic by the name of Dr. 
  Caligari, together with a somnambulist called 
  Cesare, used to frequent the fairgrounds ...
The doctor on left looks intently at the book over Francis's shoulder. Camera 
pans right over Francis's face as he reads eagerly.
INSERT (in upper part of screen, the lower third being blacked out; text 
continues from the preceding insert): 

  ... and for months he kept town after town in a 
  state of panic by a series of murders, all of 
  them perpetrated in similar circumstances ...
Camera pans from left to right over the men's faces, fascinated by what they 

The men continued to pore over the same page. Francis traces each line with 
his right hand as he reads.
INSERT (black-letter type, following on from preceding insert): 

  ... for he caused a somnambulist, whom he had 
  entirely subjected to his will, to carry out 
  his fantastic plans. By means of a puppet 
  figure, modeled in the exact likeness of 
  Cesare, which he laid in the chest when Cesare 
  was away, Dr. Caligari was able to allay any 
  suspicion which might fall on the somnambulist.
Francis leafs swiftly through the rest of the first book, then turns to the 
second, which is lying on the desk.
INSERT (written in longhand on white; borders of screen are blacked out): 

  My Diary.

Francis looks round excitedly at his companions and opens the diary at what 
must be an important passage, for he immediately crouches over it, chin 
supported on hands. The other three men gather round again to read over his 
INSERT (written in longhand on white in the same angular hand as the words 
'My Diary' on the cover; the borders of the screen left and right blacked 

  March 12th,
  At last -- at last! Today I have been notified 
  of the case of a somnambulist.

INSERT (hand-written on white; left and right borders blacked out): 

  Now I shall be able to prove whether a 
  somnambulist can be compelled to do things of 
  which he knows nothing, things he would never 
  do himself and would abhor doing-- whether it 
  is true that one in a trance can be driven to 
Iris in on the four men reading the book in lower half of screen. Iris in at 
the same time in upper right half of screen on Caligari sitting at his desk 
in the Institution; iris widens to show the whole of Caligari's office. 
Caligari's head is once again framed by the two piles of books on the desk; 
on the top of the two piles his hands are tensed, claw-like. 

A doctor in a long white coat enters from the left and marches quickly up to 
Caligari's desk, turning and gesturing in the direction from which he has 
just come, Caligari rises imperiously from his chair, raises an autocratic 
right hand and motions to the man, who turns towards camera and advances as 
three other doctors, among whom we can recognize the men who have read 
Caligari's private books with Francis, wheel a bath-chair into the room 
containing Cesare, deadly-pale and slumped to one side. 

They stop the bath-chair in the center of the room; Caligari struts forward 
turkey-toed from his desk, hands folded behind his back. He peers over Cesare 
and brushes the somnambulist's untidy hair back from his brow, bending right 
over him and gazing almost lovingly into his face. With his other hand he 
grasps Cesare's wrist as though to feel his pulse. The four doctors gather 
round the back of the chair as Caligari continues to gaze tenderly at the 
sleeping form of Cesare. Finally he pulls himself up to his full height, 
glares malevolently at the doctors and waves his hands about to dismiss them; 
they troop out obediently. 

After they have left he crouches over Cesare again, the very picture of 
solicitous tenderness. Then he springs upright again, grinning wildly; his 
head jerks back and he raises his left hand in a gesture of triumph. He whips 
round and dashes back to his desk, picks up a book and begins leafing through 
it feverishly. He carries the book towards Cesare, still thumbing through it 
violently. He slaps the book when he finds the passage he wants, puts two 
fingers on to the page, looks at Cesare again, flips through a few more 
pages, then throws his head back, laughing hysterically. He holds the book 
high above his head and rips it in half, still laughing, and drops the torn 
sections on the floor and falls on his knees, grasping hold of Cesare's head. 

Iris in on Francis and the three doctors poring over Caligari's diary. 
Caligari stirs uneasily in his bed; his chest rises and falls heavily as  
though he were fighting for breath.

The four men are still engrossed in reading the diary; iris out in lower left 
of screen.

INSERT (written in longhand on white): 

   The desire of my life is fulfilled.
  Now, at last can I unravel the secrets of this 

Iris out in lower left of the four men still reading avidly. At the same time 
iris in upper right on Caligari facing left, bent over his desk and reading 
intently. He is wearing a heavy dark coat. Behind him is an untidily arranged 
pile of books. He rises from his desk and glares towards camera. 

TITLE:  In the grip of hallucination.

Caligari, still standing at his desk, raises his left hand which is bunched 
like a claw, above his head, then brings it down again behind his back as he 
turns towards his book. He thrusts his nose between the pages and tucks his 
left arm behind his back. There is a sudden, puppet-like quality about these 
movements. He draws himself stiffly upright again, jerking horribly as though 
in the grip of forces which he cannot control, clutching the book to his 
chest and staring upward.

TITLE:  'I must know everything ... I must penetrate 
  into his innermost secrets ... I must myself 
  become Caligari.' 

Still holding the book tightly under his left arm, Caligari raises his other 
hand to his brow and staggers from the room.

Iris in on the path outside the wall of the Institution. Caligari comes down 
the path towards camera, lurching from side to side and still clasping his 
precious book to his chest. He pauses and waves his hand wildly in the air, 
before turning back and staggering a little way down the path in the 
direction from which he has come. Then he turns again and walks back stiffly, 
turkey-toed. Suddenly a line of white writing appears on the Institution wall:  


Caligari stops dead. He lurches towards the writing, which promptly 
disappears as he stretches out his hand to touch it. Shocked, he leaps back 
on to the path. As he turns away from the wall the word 'CALIGARI' appears in 
enormous letters above his head. 'DU MUSST' appears again on the wall and 
'CALIGARI' is written twice in the branches of the bramble which stands next 
to the wall. The words disappear and reappear with confusing rapidity, ending 
again with the sentence, 'DU MUSST CALIGARI WERDEN', written in the air at 
Caligari's side. 

At the sight of this last apparition, Caligari turns and flees down the path 
and disappears from sight.

Iris in on Francis and the doctors of the Institution still reading the 
diary. They look up and stare blankly at one another, stunned by what they 
have just read. Francis looks up and begins to speak. While Francis and the 
three doctors are conferring behind the director's desk, a man dressed as a 
peasant, with boots and cap, enters from the right. He respectfully removes 
his cap as he enters and then marches quickly up to the desk and gestures 
towards the left. What he says makes Francis rise swiftly up to his feet.
TITLE: 'We have found the sleep-walker out in the 
The peasant talks quickly for a moment to the four men behind the desk, then 
turns and leaves the office. Francis comes out from behind the desk and leads 
the three doctors after the man. Iris out. 

Iris in on a hillside scene, with the gaunt silhouette of a tree on the left. 
A group of men are standing over Cesare's prostrate body. The peasant we have 
just seen at the Institution joins the group, followed immediately by 
Francis, who darts forward and bends down to examine Cesare's body. After a 
careful examination, he rises slowly to his feet, lost in thought. Then he 
turns to the other members and indicates that he has finished with the body 
and that they can remove it. The men hoist Cesare on to their shoulders and 
follow Francis away down the hillside.

Francis enters the hall outside the Director's office, followed by four 
attendants bearing Cesare's body on a stretcher. Behind them come the three 
doctors in long white coats. Francis halts by the door to the office and 
signals to the attendants to put down the body. He opens the office door, 
pauses a moment, removes his hat and enters.
Inside the office Caligari is standing back to camera, his hands folded 
behind him. Francis walks towards the desk and stands waiting for Caligari to 
turn round.

As Caligari turns towards camera he seems to glare more intently than ever 
through his round spectacles. He is very heavily made up, with a broad white 
line over each brow. The wall behind him is covered with angular Cubist 

Francis stands facing Caligari as the latter completes his turn towards 
TITLE: 'Mr. Director! Drop your pose. You are Caligari.'
Caligari glares evilly at Francis. Francis turns from the desk and calls to 
the men waiting outside to bring in Cesare's body. The men set the body down 
on the floor and then move to positions on both sides of the office. Caligari 
is framed between the two groups of men as he stands at his desk, aghast at 
the sight of the black-draped body in front of him, to which Francis points 
triumphantly. Caligari walks slowly forward with his stiff, turkey-toed gait. 

Francis looks at him accusingly and then springs forward and whips the cloth 
back from the face of the dead Cesare. Caligari staggers towards the body, 
spreading his arms to signify his grief, and collapses over it. 

There is a pause before Caligari slowly, terribly, rises to his feet again, 
glowering murderously at the group of doctors and attendants. This, we sense, 
is the lull before the storm. He hurls himself furiously at the older 
doctor's throat; the attendants manage to drag him back, but then he frees 
himself and leaps again at the doctor. Again the attendants manage to 
overpower and drag him back. An attendant rushes in with a straitjacket which 
he succeeds in passing over Caligari's head and shoulders while he is 
restrained by the other attendants. 

Finally Caligari is forced out of the room and Francis follows, his right arm 
extended above his head.

Caligari, strait-jacketed, is dragged into a cell by four attendants. The 
cell is seen through an archway in a wall painted with light and dark 
patches; there are two high windows in the rear wall of the cell, which is 
painted with amoeboid shapes. 

In spite of his straitjacket, Caligari is still managing to put up a 
considerable struggle with his attendants. He sinks to his knees and forces 
the four men to drag him through the arch to the back of the cell, where they 
push him down on to a bunk bed. When they have succeeded in getting him into 
a sitting position, the four attendants leave the cell as two doctors enter 
and walk over to look at Caligari writhing on the bed. Francis follows them 
into the cell. We see the face and shoulders of Caligari as he writhes 
impotently in the grip of the straitjacket; he is mouthing horribly as he 
becomes progressively more and more exhausted.

The doctors leave the cell and close a great triangular door behind them 
which swings shut slowly and inexorably, entirely fitting the archway which 
leads into the cell. Francis is left standing by the wall outside the door, 
very bewildered.

Iris in on Francis and the older man sitting on a bench by a wall, as in the 
opening scene of the film. Francis leans confidentially towards his companion 
and speaks to him.
TITLE:  'And since that day the madman has never left 
  his cell.'
Francis looks down thoughtfully. The older man looks blankly in front of him, 
then makes as though to rise, drawing his cloak tightly about him. He finally 
rises completely and starts to move off, inviting Francis to come with him. 
Francis gets up from the bench slowly and the two men walk away down the path. 

Jane, wearing a flowing white gown, is sitting on the left of the courtyard 
of the Institution, which looks exactly as it did during the previous 
sequences: radial lines painted on the ground and the arched facade to the 
rear. Now, however, numbers of people are moving about randomly and among a 
group sitting in the leather armchairs on the right of the courtyard we 
recognize the dark slim figure of Cesare, in the act of rising from his chair.

Jane, her long black hair surmounted by a tiara, sits absolutely immobile; 
her lips are slightly pursed.

A woman in black enters the courtyard and curtsies respectfully to Jane, who 
turns her head towards her in brief acknowledgement. Cesare slowly wanders 
over from right; he is holding a white flower, the petals of which he is 
gently stroking.

An old man with a mane of white hair and a thick beard orates and 
gesticulates; he is dressed in a pin-stripe suit with a bright watch chain 
across his middle.

The face of the old man, as he shouts dramatically, is creased with deep 
lines; his eyes are almost Mongoloid.

The old man continues his passionate oration, waving his right arm up and 
down dramatically.

In the meantime, Cesare, still engrossed in examining his flower, has moved 
nearer camera. A man dressed in black scuttles furtively left to right across 
the yard.

In one of the large leather armchairs, a woman in her late thirties, wearing 
very heavy eye make-up, is playing an imaginary piano, her arms stretched out 
in front of her.

Meanwhile, the woman in black has concluded her bow to Jane and Cesare has 
turned away from camera. The older doctor -- the one attacked by Caligari -- 
talks to a well-dressed young lady in the center of the courtyard, before 
turning and leaving. Francis and his older companion enter right.

Suddenly Francis notices Cesare -- leaning against the wall of the courtyard 
behind the chairs and still engrossed in his flower -- and recoils, falling 
backwards against his friend.

Cesare's face looks sad and melancholy as he gazes tenderly at his flower; 
his hair is now tidily brushed back from his brow. Francis recovers his 
balance and pulls his companion away from Cesare; he points towards the 
latter across the older man and whispers urgently. Francis's expression 
throughout this exchange is wild and staring; he is not at all the bright, 
intense young man of former scenes.
TITLE:  'Look! There is Cesare. Never ask him to tell 
  your fortune; it will mean death for you.'
Francis continues to confide in the older man who has turned to stare at 

Cesare, gaunt and melancholy, continues his examination of the flower, 
supporting the bloom with his hand.
The older man stares in astonishment at Francis, then backs away, alarmed,  
and hurries from the courtyard. Francis, shoulders bowed, remains, a hang-dog 
expression on his face. Suddenly, however, his face breaks into a childish 
grin as he sees someone off left. He stretches his arms in front of him and 
totters towards whoever he has seen.

Francis comes up to Jane, who is still sitting down and staring blankly in 
front of her; as he approaches her, his childish grin intensifies. He 
advances on her with his arms outspread as though about to clasp her in a 
passionate embrace. She, however, shows absolutely no response to his 
advances and Francis is obliged to content himself with gripping the back of 
her chair from which position he speaks passionately to her.
TITLE:  'Jane! I love you. Won't you ever marry me?'
Francis pleads with the girl.
His passionate entreaties elicit little response from Jane, who, bored and 
condescending, turns her head slowly away from him.
TITLE:  'We queens -- we may never choose as our hearts 
The girl slowly turns her head back again until she is facing camera, staring 
blankly ahead.

Francis looks deeply hurt as he draws back from Jane's chair. The girl 
freezes into immobility and Francis turns to face the rear of the courtyard.

The inmates of the Institution are still milling about the courtyard; in one 
corner, near the facade of the building at the rear of the courtyard, two 
young women are deep in argument. Francis, moving away from Jane's chair, 
suddenly notices something under one of the arches which causes him to lurch 
wildly across the yard to get a better view of what he has seen, before 
dashing towards the arches.

The Director of the Institution, a neat, benevolent-looking man, walks down 
the steps and under the arch into the courtyard. He is meticulously dressed 
in a frock-coat, waistcoat and light-colored trousers. His face bears a very 
vague resemblance to Caligari's. The Director enters the courtyard through 
the center arch. Francis, meanwhile, stands with the two young women who have 
been arguing. They are restraining him from advancing closer to the Director.

The Director's face bears a kindly smile.
The Director stops for a moment to talk to the bearded old man who has 
previously been seen delivering a speech to an imaginary audience. Francis is 
still being restrained by the two young women. The Director leaves the old 
man and walks forward into the courtyard, hands still folded behind his back. 
Francis jerks himself free from the restraining hands of the two young women. 
Francis screams something out through clenched teeth. The two women on either 
side of him draw back, their hands raised in fear.
TITLE: 'You all believe I am mad. That is not true. It
  is the Director who is mad.'
Francis clenches his fists above his head, screams and lurches forward.

The Director is continuing his walk forward, oblivious that Francis is 
rushing towards him from behind. Francis grasps hold of the Director's 
shoulders, shouting loudly.
TITLE:  'He is Caligari, Caligari, Caligari.'
A furious struggle develops in the courtyard. The older doctor rushes in to 
the Director's aid, while another attendant comes from another side of the 
courtyard and grabs Francis round the waist. The two women who have held 
Francis look on with extreme alarm.

Francis is surrounded by a crowd of attendants, one of whom is brandishing a 
straitjacket. They succeed in subduing him and slip the straitjacket over 
him, bundling him away out of the courtyard.

Francis is dragged into the same cell in which Caligari was earlier 
incarcerated. The group of attendants around Francis is followed into the 
cell by the Director and two white-coated doctors, who bend inquisitively 
over Francis after he has been deposited on the bunk bed at the back of the 
cell. The attendants leave the Director with Francis.
Francis is now half-sitting on the bed as the three men bend over him. The 
Director straightens up and turns towards camera, fumbling in the inside 
pocket of his frock coat from which he produces a pair of round spectacles. 
He slowly pulls the spectacles over his ears, giving him an extraordinary 
resemblance to Caligari. Francis, seeing this, stares at the Director like a 
terrified child. The Director, however, takes his head gently in both hands 
and lays it on the pillow. He turns towards camera, thoughtfully removes his 
glasses and speaks.
TITLE: 'At last I understand the nature of his madness. 
  He thinks I am that mystic Caligari. Now I see 
  how, he can be brought back to sanity again.'
The Director turns slightly right, brushes back a few stray wisps of hair, 
and, looking well-pleased with himself, replaces his spectacles in his coat 
pocket. Iris out on the Director's face, a thoughtful, pleased expression on 

Fade in.
Previous Halloween treats... 

Blood suckers of Connecticut

H. P. Lovecraft treat..."The Alchemist" 

BE AFRAID...the Vampire Squid

H. G. Wells treat..."The Star"

Animation land Halloween cartoons  

Witch Hazel 

The mirror
Kwaidan..four ghost stories 
Edgar A. Poe treat..."A Tale of the Ragged Mountains"


Mark Twain treat..."A Ghost Story"

The Devil and Maciste..."Maciste all'inferno"

"Daughter of Horror"...a remarkable cult film 
Two historical cinematic Halloween offerings

Yes Virginia, there is a village named "Frankenstein" in America 

Bram Stoker treat..."Dracula's Guest"

Schrödinger's cat achieves revenge 

"The Hands of Orlac"...Austrian Expressionist cinema

H. H. Munro treat..."The She-Wolf"
Physics taking the fun out of Halloween cinema?

Halloween lithograph postcards from the past

Not just for Halloween, but works good--"face painting"

A disappearing Halloween tradition..."bobbing for apples" 

Honoré de Balzac treat..."The Elixer of Life"

Guy de Maupassant treat..."On the River" 

Meet Zé do Caixão [Coffin Joe] from Brazil's first horror film..."At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul"

Mary Henry and the living dead..."Carnival of Souls"

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle treat..."When The World Screamed" 

Corman/Coppola horror film..."Dementia 13" 

Castle and Price for the classic horror film "House on Haunted Hill"

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