* caligari project 2008 for 2009

... stagematrix -- practical applications.


"etudes" (Meyerhold) : they (we) are afraid of our own shadow

"rumors" -- vignette -- sounds/voice

"bad dream"

... fickr [keywords]

Dr. Caligari, who tours fairgrounds with his somnambulist.

Cesare, the man who has slept for 23 years. Is he 23?

Francis, a student, who along with best friend Alan, loves Jane

Jane Olsen*

Alan, the victim of....whom?

A thief, who attempts a copy cat crime

Dr. Olson, father of Jane

[* Jane, Olimpia, Eve, and all innocent girls]

... Making Caligari [documentary] theatreuaf.org

Notes from/for T-blog [Director's Notes] and Virtual Theatre -- anatolant.vox.com
Caligari Alaska

Montage of Attractions (Eisenstein) : I never use it as direct concept. Try concepts in class (acting/directing) -- student developed?

... After 2009 "Caligari Life" -- pomo.vtheatre.net/2009 & beta.vtheatre.net/2009 -- maybe in ET?

Directing & Writing SHOW:

stagematrix vs. playwright groups [artistic team? ]

CAST -- vtheatre yahoo group

filmplus.org/ant vs. anatoly.org

... CALIGARI menu:




Notes for myself

NB type...

"I must know everything. I must penetrate the heart of his secret! I must become Caligari!"

Notes by Director and Dramaturg :

caligari.txt [menu/above] including production pages :

* caligari.php [visuals] -- pre-production research files [ images & sounds ]

* calagari.HTM [sum] -- here!

* caligari.HTML [2.0] -- video, web, multimedia

... original page caligari.html

"Variety Show Public" -- treat the audience as patient

Dr. Caligari -- Brecht's theatre, direct address!


... http://groups.google.com/group/playwright/web/links

references * appendix * links * stagematrix.com

Thoughts on Caligari and Faustus

1. The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

While I know that the shocking and distorted imagery in the film was part of the larger movement of German Expressionism, the use in this film seems to have special significance. I say this because the distorted scenery and lighting only appear during the 'story' part of the film, all of which is apparently an invention of the crazed mind of the main character. Therefore, it seems to signify his madness, and in retrospect, might have been a clue, pointing toward the final narrative twist. It's hard to judge Caligari's role as a mastermind, since there are two different Caligari character's in the film. If however, we focus on the 'evil Caligari', it would seem that he is a fair example of a mastermind. He has much academic knowledge, as he has gained the top position at the hospital, and has discovered powerful manipulations of the somnambulists mind. He also is a good salesman it seems, as he is able to pack his tent at the fair. However, he makes several terrible judgments throughout the story. He is exceptionally overconfident about his ability to avoid getting caught. It really doesn't take much cleverness to catch him, despite the fact that he even gets fairly lucky, when the other townsman redirects the suspicion towards him, when attempting murder himself. He seems to take so much joy in terrorizing these people that he misunderstands the risks. He permits his somnambulist to predict the death of the first victim, and then still proceeds to have that man killed. It is a ridiculously overconfident and foolish mistake. So while he is quite knowledgeable, he does not seem very wise.

2. Dr. Faustus

Faustus, as we discussed, also lacks in wisdom, while being full of knowledge. I haven't read any other of Marlowe's plays, so I don't know how complex his characters tend to be, but Faustus seemed like a character of limited range. At all times he was either blustering with sadistic pride and ambition, or else lamenting his past mistakes. He never learns from his mistakes though. He never understands his own patterns. He is no Hamlet, no Macbeth. It only takes simple arguments to win him over to the devil's side. The evil angel simply needs to mention wealth or power and Faustus is instantly won over.

The simplicity of the character seems to fit the style of the play though. Faustus isn't supposed to be a realistic and well rounded picture of humanity. He represents one area of our faults: pride and blind desire. The intent of simplicity is clear through the format of the play. It starts out with a traditional Greek Choral opening, already moving toward an older, simpler style. There is usually only one interaction per scene, and there is a steady pattern of switching between trajic and comedic acts. The concepts of good and evil are clearly laid out, with no real gray area. It therefore is more of a rhetorical play than a realist play, teaching a lesson about pride, in the context of the Protestant religion.

Courtesy of Zachary Weston.

Caligari Cast


"After Caligari" -- Total Director Files