Sunday, October 21, 2007
The return of Dr. Caligari
The first thought that came to our heada when we saw the photos of the Film & Visual Media Research Center at the University of London’s Birkbeck College is that someone was crazy enough to color a copy of the cardboard decoration from our number one favorite horror movie The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, a 1921 silent B&W masterpiece from genius director Robert Wiene. Apparently we were not very far from truth and the Architects of this construction were aiming at anyone who realizes how cool this movie is.
According to The Cool Hunter, a dot uk blog focusing on global zeitgeist phenomenas and fashion who posted these pictures, London-based Surface Architects created this magnificent new home for the institute using an old reconstructed building as a “cover” when basement, ground floor and the extension were transformed "Robert Wiene style" into a cinema auditorium, surrounded by all other necessities such as media study suite, seminar rooms and offices.
Ian Christie, Birkbeck’s Professor of Film and Media History, kind of said so himself when explaining how the projection of intersecting cones has various film associations and how “the jagged angles recall the Expressionist set design of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an influential German film of 1921”. Here is a small taste of the original Dr. Caligari cardboard decoration, just in case you still didn't have the pleasure to watch it.
Lastly, as we live a new world where media is freely shared by movie buffs, here are ten whole minutes with the Dr. and his human living-dead pat, hosted for you by a Google Inc. company. Thank you so very much Mr. BigBananaTV!