2008 - 2009 : web & carnival [ themes/bakhtin ]
new : dreams [ fear/horror & pity ] film600 visual glossary and pop-culture | caligari'09 facebook album for dreams.vtheatre.net ?
... Love Story: Cesare, Dr. & the Girl The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari  Regarded by many as the first true horror film, German ... 72 min - video.google.com
... puppets show: flickr
... CALIGARI menu:
... cine101.com ? Genre analysis [ horror movies ] film.vtheatre.net
... Epic Theatre style?
1 -- movie
2. Theatre UAF live main stage
"Stage 3" -- web... or is it step #2?
Today 2008 USA references : improv, goth and rap --
... superimposing two hours of teen girl sleeping? Establish it, before and after intermission, and the ending.
MORE at workplace -- /group/playwright/web/2009
caligari.vtheatre.net -- pages -- and I still do not know where to write my after-thoughts?
Oh, mystery of the web-narrative!
Does it still exit, the story?
dreams.vtheatre.net -- me, Cesare, talking?
I call it Project Utopia...
Am I talking about life?
I would like to write a book "Caligari" -- Dreams of Cesare, told by his Father, Dr. Caligari!
Caligari's Manifesto = [ filmplus.org/600 ]
So many stories were left untold in the show...
I do not believe in Books of Dreams, you can't write down your dreams without betraying them.
Let me dream away my life!
Oh, who cares?
Caligari remembers his childhood : Sense of Mother's Touch, before anything else. Ray of sunlight -- and the shadow. Mystery. Watching it, wondering, why does it come to me? What does it want to tell me? Can I hear its voice?
There is no grave of Dr. Caligari -- he never exited? Really?
Did you say that Faust never lived? And -- Hamlet?
Theatre UAF 2009 -- Spring
I. pre-production * II. Theatre UAF (main STAGE) * III. post-production (web-show)
... ''I must know everything. I must penetrate the heart of his secret! I must become Caligari!''
... SCENES :
Two men, dressed in dark suits, are seated on a bench in a garden. The elder man, with haunted eyes, has told his companion of the spirits that have hounded him from wife and home. Francis, the younger, watches a lady in white who walks by as if in a trance. ''That's my fiance,'' he says. ''What I have experienced with her is still stranger than what you have encountered. I will tell it to you.''
The annual fair at Holstenwall has just opened.
Dr. Caligari, hunched in a dark cloak, with a tall hat and dark circles of eyeglasses over a smiley mouth and stubble of beard, goes to the Town Clerk's office to obtain a permit to show his exhibit, a somnambulist. The Town Clerk treats the Doctor arrogantly, but finally indicates for his assistant to give the doctor a permit. The doctor stares after the retreating Town Clerk malevolently. He returns to the fair, where he has already set up his tent, and rings a bell to summon fairgoers to his exhibit. Cesare, the somnambulist!
The next day the Town Clerk is found murdered, stabbed to death. Young student Alan, tired of reading, decides to go to the fair*, and persuades his friend Francis to come with him. They pass by Caligari's tent while he is ringing the bell to announce the beginning of his 'show', and follow others into the tent. They crowd around a raised platform on which a wooden box stands. With great relish Caligari opens the box to reveal a tall, gaunt, young man dressed all in black, with dead white skin and eyes and lips lined in black. ''Awake, Cesare, your master commands!''
Slowly, very slowly, Cesare awakes. Eyesbrows twitch, eyelids clench, nostrils flare, lips stretch, almost in agony as the sleeper desperately tries to remain asleep. But his eyes open, wide and then wider, he raises his arms and steps slowly from the box.
Caligari invites spectators to come up to the platform. ''Cesare knows the past and sees the future.'' Despite Francis' protests, Alan comes forward and asks Cesare how long he has to live. Cesare stares at him. "Until dawn!" Alan is shocked and frightened. Francis leads him away as other people move forward, eager to ask Cesare their questions.
On the way home, with lamplighters going about to give illumination to the night, Francis and Alan see a placard announcing the murder of the Town Clerk. Then they see Jane walking by, and escort her home. By this time, the fair is over for the day. Caligari has a small house next to his tent, he emerges and carefully checks all around, then goes back in.
Alan and Francis part, after declaring their friendhip will remain strong no matter which one of them Jane chooses as her husband. Hours later, Alan is sleeping peacefully. A tall, thin shadow is thrown upon the wall. Alan wakes and is so horrified by whatever it is he sees that he can only paw at the air in supplication. Then there are two shadows on the wall, struggling, a long thin knife is raised and stabs downwards.
The next morning Alan's housekeeper rushes to Francis room and tells him of Alan's death. Francis, shocked and desolated, returns with the woman to Alan's house, then rushes to the police. He vows to find the perpetrator of these horrible crimes. (Perhaps he's a student of criminology, or the son of an official, for at all times the police give him all the information he desires).
Jane is waiting outside the wall that runs past her house when Alan arrives. She registers her shock and grief at his terrible news. Francis wants to talk to her father the doctor, and Jane brings him into the sitting room and fetches her father. Francis wants to talk to the somnambulist about his prediction. Jane's father agrees to go with him to get permission from the police.
Meanwhile, a shady character, with a long, thin knife, enters a house. Seconds later an elderly lady flings open a window and screams ''Help! Murder!'' The thief flees but is quickly apprehended by the townspeople, and brought to the police.
Caligari has mixed gruel for his somnambulist. He raises the sleeper to a sitting position, but is interupted by a knock on the door. Francis and the doctor demand entrance, and the doctor shows his warrant. Caligari allows them to enter, but Cesare remains aseep and Caligari refuses to waken him. Just then a newsvendor outside proclaims that the multi-murderer has been caught. Francis and the doctor rush to the police. Caligari watches them go, smiling evilly.
At the police station, the thief, chained and alone in the middle of a cell, protests that he is not the serial killer - he had only wanted to cast blame for his own murder on someone else.
Jane waits at home for her father to return. He is gone longer than she had expected. Because she has heard Francis speak of Caligari, she goes to the fair. The grounds are empty, but when she reaches Caligari's tent she finds him there. (After feeding his creature he returns the box to the tent for the next day's performance). She tells him that her father had come to see Cesare. Caligari invites her to see Cesare. She enters the tent, and quite gleefully Caligari opens the box on his creature. Cesare wakes! Jane's reaction is all that he could have hoped, she flees in terror.
She recovers, however, in time to attend Alan's funeral that night, with Francis and her father. After the funeral, Francis settles down outside a window of Caligari's house to keep an eye on him. Caligari has Cesare's box in plain view, with one of the panels open so his sleeping figure can be seen.
However, Cesare is on his way to Jane's house, with a knife. Via rooftops and window, he oozes into her bedroom, advancing slowly with knife raised. His eyes fall on her beautiful face and he stops, transfixed. He drops the knife and extends his hand to caress her hair. Jane wakes and screams in fear. Panicking, Cesare grabs her and flees. Jane's brothers and father chase after him. Over the rooftop, down the lane, accross a bridge runs Cesare, until, exhausted, he drops the girl. Her family gather round her, blocking the path from his pursuers, and he manages to elude them into the country side. But he's staggering now, worn out. He claws uselessly at the air to pull himself along, twists, falls, tumbles and lays motionless.
Francis hears the alarm and knows instinctively to go to Jane's house. Jane is recovering in the sitting room while her father comforts her. Jane, regardless of Francis' assurances that it could not have been Cesare, insists that it was. Francis rushes to the police station to verify that the copy-cat criminal still sits in chains in his cell. He summons the police and returns to Caligari's house. The two policemen bring Cesare's box out into the air, open it, and reveal a dummy that looks exactly like Cesare. Caligari takes advantage of the confusion and flees. He's followed by Francis as far as the nearest lunatic asylum.
Later in the day, Francis goes back to the asylum and asks if they have a patient named Caligari. No. But does he want to see the director? Yes. Francis enters the director's office, sees Caligari seated behind the desk, and runs from the room in shock. He explains to the doctors that the asylum director is Caligari.
That night, while the director sleeps in his bungalow, Francis and the doctors investigate his office. They find his notebooks, and his diary. In flashback we see the director's joy when, after long waiting, a somnambulist is brought to the asylum. For years he's wished to duplicate the adventures of a 17th century Italian mystic named Caligari who terrorized the countryside with his somnambulist. Now he can carry out his experiments!
Breaking the flashack, a policeman enters and announces that they've found the sleeper's body out in the fields. All hurry to the site. Francis then orders the police to bring the body to the insane asylum. The police wait outside the door while Francis enters the director's office. ''You are Caligari!'' accuses Francis. He signals and the stretcher bearing Cesare's body is brought into the room. The director comes forward, and when he realizes his sleeper will never wake again he goes berserk. The doctors stuff his raving form into a straight jacket and plop him onto a bed. ''And from that day to this, he has never left his cell!''
The story is over. Francis and his spirit-haunted companion rise from the bench and return...to the insane asylum. The girl called Jane surveys her subjects as though she were a queen, Cesare leans against a wall tenderly stroking a flower, and various other people of unsound mind wander about.
The director, with good posture, well-dressed, a friendly expression on his clean-shaven face, walks among them. Francis sees and attacks him. It is he who is dragged off the director, he who is then stuffed into a straight-jacket and plopped on a bed. The director views him kindly, and calmly. Now that he knows the cause of the man's paranoia, he assures the attendants, he knows how to cure him. The screen fades out on a view of the director's kindly and determined face.
stagematrix.com/caligari pages...Daydream Dream argument Dream art Dream dictionary Dreamwork Dream world (plot device) Dream yoga in Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen tradition Hypnagogia List of dream diaries Oneirology
An Exquisite Corpse 2007 thums
6 parts --
... sound files from the show [music by Isaac Paris]