Caligari’s Cabinet Comes to Life in a Celebration of Cinema

September is an exciting month for cinema, when film organisations, programmers and film fans come together celebrate cinema in all its forms. This collective of enthusiasts goes by the name ‘Scalarama’ (or ‘Scaledonia’ for Scotland!). 

At the Hippodrome Bo’ness they will be hailing Scaledonia with a line-up of three quirky film classics: ‘The Glitterball’ – one of the Childrens Film Foundation’s most memorable features, ‘Sidewalk Stories’ – a contemporary silent film echoing Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’, and, drum roll please… ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ celebrated 1920 horror featuring the original mad scientist, featuring, for one night only… live piano accompaniment from expert silent film improviser Mike Nolan.

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Bo'ness Hippodrome, Saturday 20 September

One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ shook film-goers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form.  Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.  And cementing its reputation for great silent film shows the Hippodrome will be keeping the communal cinema experience alive by presenting the restored film with a live score.

Anke Wilkening, film archivist who supervised the restoration of The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari said:

“The film is one of the most-watched silent movies ever. But none of the previous versions does justice to its significance as a film classic. No matter how well you know ‘Caligari’, the new version provides a new viewing experience.”

The pianist for the evening is Mike Nolan.  Mike has accompanied silent film screenings in Scotland for almost 20 years including several commercial releases together with recordings and live performances for the Scottish Screen Archive.  After working for several years in community music, he retrained in Nordoff-Robbins musical therapy.  He continues to work across Scotland as a freelance composer and performer. 

Alison Strauss, Hippodrome programmer said: “The Scalarama season, and this special screening in particular, is not just about a film show, it’s about the experience, about championing the special magic of watching a film as part of an audience, made even more wonderful by the addition of a live improvised score.  This is a film I can’t wait to see brought to life by the talents of Mike’s piano playing, and I can’t think of a finer venue or better company with whom to enjoy it than a Hippodrome audience”.

‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ screens on Saturday 20th September, 19:30 at the Hippodrome, Bo’ness, tickets £10.00 (£8.00 concessions).

‘Sidewalk Stories’, Thursday 25th September, 19:30, tickets £6.30 (£4.80 concessions).

‘The Glitterball’, Saturday 27th September, 11:00, tickets £2.50 (Reel Saturdays).

To book tickets, contact the Box Office on 01324 506850. Visit the Hippodrome's webpages to see the full programme of films between September and November.

Published on Thursday, 11th September 2014

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