May 12 (Sat) 19:30-20:45 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
June 3 (Sun) 15:30-20:00 Dr. Mabuse the Gambler
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Director: Robert Wiene
Duration: 67 minutes
Language: Silent with Chinese and English subtitles
Synopsis: Francis and his friend Alan encounter Dr. Caligari at his show in a town fair in Germany. Proclaimed hypnotist Caligari opens a box to reveal his clairvoyant somnambulist Cesare. Cesare then predicts Alan’s death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true—making Cesare the prime suspect. Is Cesare guilty, or is it actually the doctor pulling the strings? Quintessential German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari explores the theme of irrational and sadistic authoritarianism, and continues to play a major influence on horror and noir films.
Dr. Mabuse the Gambler
Director: Fritz Lang
Duration: 297 minutes
Synopsis: The original German title, Dr. Mabuse der Spieler, makes use of three meanings of the word “Der Spieler,” which can mean gambler, puppeteer, or actor. In the film psychologist Dr. Mabuse, is a notorious gambler, manipulator, and master of disguise, seeking to gain a fortune and run Berlin.
Established in 2012, Sound Sculpture is interested in exploring the possibilities for improvised ambient music. During their performances, Sound Sculpture’s four members meld their distinct styles to create cohesive pieces that oscillate between ambient and psychedelic music. In recent years they have expanded their performance venues by playing in a number of galleries and other art spaces, and doing live accompaniments to silent films and dance performances. The group includes Fenni (China) as vocalist, Layer (Italy) on synthesizer, and Nico (Italy) and Yan Zeng (China) on base and drums.