Another score by the fluffy one. Clicking my heels and saying: “There’s no place like Drop Dead…There’s no place like Drop Dead..!” Didn’t get me to NY, so I did this. I can’t stream it here, for the file is too large for youtube, and even at the right size, they don’t allow anything longer than ten minutes. You can watch the embedded player here, tho…
As with the Nosferatu score, I set limits, though I didn’t confine myself to the sound files I already had on my hard drive this time. I spent a day creating blocks of sound, using mostly cello, violin and voice, with some added fx and drumloops here and there. Otherwise the whole score was created on the fly, in realtime. In fact, it took four times longer to render the movie than it took me to score it.
There’ll be more film coming up, but that is all i’ll say about that at the moment. I’ll be podcasting the score a bit later on, as well.
The film tells the story of the deranged Doctor Caligari and his faithful somnambulist Cesare and their connection to a string of murders in a German mountain village, Holstenwall. Caligari presents one of the earliest examples of a motion picture “frame story” in which the body of the plot is presented as a flashback, as told by Francis.
The narrator, Francis, and his friend Alan visit a carnival in the village where they see Dr. Caligari and Cesare, whom the doctor is displaying as an attraction. Caligari brags that Cesare can answer any question he is asked. When Alan asks Cesare how long he has to live, Cesare tells Alan that he will die tomorrow at dawn — a prophecy which turns out to be fulfilled.
Francis, along with his girlfriend Jane, investigate Caligari and Cesare, which eventually leads to Jane’s kidnapping by the somnambulist. Caligari orders Cesare to kill Jane, but the hypnotized slave relents after her beauty captivates him. He carries Jane out of her house, leading the townsfolk on a lengthy chase. Francis discovers Caligari is the head of the local insane asylum, and with the help of his colleagues discovers he’s obsessed with the story of a previous Doctor Caligari, who used a somnabulist to murder people as a traveling act.
Critics worldwide have praised the film for its Expressionist style, complete with wild, distorted set design—a striking use of mise en scène. Caligari has been cited as an influence on films noir and horror films; it is also often seen as one of the first horror films, a model for directors for many decades (including Alfred Hitchcock).