The Cabinet of Dr Caligari - 1920 German Expressionist silent  movie classic

We’ve been fans of silent-movie-soundtrack specialists Minima here at Movie Talk since witnessing their bold rescoring of Germaine Dulac’s 1928 surrealist oddity The Seashell and the Clergyman in the dank and gloomy railway arches beneath London Bridge Station a couple of years ago.

So it’s good news to learn that the enterprising four-piece band are going on the road this month performing live to 1920 silent classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari on a tour of Picturehouse Cinemas across London and the South West.

If your only experience of live musical accompaniment for silent movies is of a solo pianist tinkling the ivories (great though that often is), then prepare to open your eyes and ears to the daring collision of image and sound when Minima work their magic on this bizarre and hypnotic German Expressionist classic of the silent era.

Minima - avant-garde music ensemble’s rescore of The Cabinet of Dr  Caligari

Here’s how the band describe their dramatic Dr Caligari rescore:
“Minima’s original soundtrack strikes up an unexpected relationship with the images on screen, teasing out the film’s melancholy and grim humour. The four-piece ensemble of drums, bass, guitar and cello stalk the film, while their unique sonic palette provides an intensity to complement the film’s unsettling experience of mistrust and madness.”

“Silent films like this were meant to be screened with a live musical accompaniment because it adds so much to the experience,” says Alex Hogg, Minima’s guitarist. “It is particularly evocative with Dr Caligari because the film is so haunting.”

Minima’s Dr Caligari tour kicks off their tour at Bath’s Little Theatre Cinema on Sunday 21 March. See below for the full tour list and go to the Picturehouse website for further details.

Minima - avant-garde music ensemble go on tour with The Cabinet of  Dr Caligari

March 2010
21 March, 4:45pm The Little Theatre Cinema, St Michael’s Place, Bath, BA1 1SF
28 March, 4:45pm Exeter Picturehouse, 51 Bartholomew Street West, EX4 3AJ
31 March, 9.15pm The Ritzy, Brixton, London, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG
April 2010
7 April, 9:15pm The Gate, Notting Hill, London, 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ
11 April, 4:15pm Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford, 57 Walton Street, OX2 6AE
12 April, 8.30pm Regal Picturehouse, Henley, 2 Boroma Way, RG9 2BZ
14 April, 9.15pm Clapham Picturehouse, London, 76 Venn Street, SW4 0AT
21 April, 9:00pm Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton, Preston Circus, BN1 4NA
25 April, 4.00pm Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton, Ocean Village, SO14 3TL
28 April, 9.15pm Greenwich Picturehouse, 180 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN
May 2010
9 May, 8:45pm Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse, Windsor Street, CV37 6NL