Squeaky Wheel Opens “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at Silo City


I recently told you about two great events being out on by Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo’s great media resource center: the Wheel-to-Reel Film Series (which wrapped up in July) and the annual Outdoor Animation Festival in Days Park, a free event that returns with an encore presentation at Canalside on August 21.

I missed a very cool Squeaky event last weekend – a screening of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” with live musical accompaniment, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s lovely terrace. But it is not too late to see the film in an even more unique environment.

As part of City of Night, a free art event at the Silo City grain elevators this Saturday (August 17), Squeaky will once again screen “Caligari” with a sound performance by Kevin Cain. (It was created as part of the Wheel’s annual Silent/Sound series.) From the Squeaky site:

“The selected film, chosen by the artist, 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 dance-like movements. Amongst a handmade, dramatic, shadow-lit set based off of the film, Kevin Cain use guitar, vibraphone, loop pedals, melodica, contact mics, and clarinet to create an atmospheric sound sculpture for Robert Wiene’s eerie German Expressionist horror masterpiece.”

Very cool. City of Night is a stunning confluence of art, history, and culture, and I love the eerie “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” being a part of it. I have not seen the film in years, but it’s an essential, truly.

Squeaky has another very cool event coming up next week, on August 20: a screening of the acclaimed documentary “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.” I’ll be back with more on this one next week.

Visit here for more information about City of Night, including a list of artists and performances.

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