Library Theater Explores Goth Roots

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  10/11/2005

) Deschutes Public Library pleased to announce October’s Library Theater movie screening on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Library Admin Conference Room (507 NW Wall) in Bend. This program is free and open to the public.
October’s screening features a German film from the 1920’s. Directed by Robert Weine, the film stars Werner Krauss as Dr. Caligari and Conrad Veidt as psychic, Ceasare, in his employ. The movie unfolds when Cesare predicts an untimely demise for a friend of Dr. Caligari. When the prediction comes true, Ceasare becomes the prime suspect in the friend’s murder. The events of a single, fateful night leave the audience to determine who is responsible.

Library Theater is a monthly program offered by the library that was conceived by local movie lover Kyle Kirkaldie. Each month Kirkaldie volunteers his time selecting and researching the film to be screened. “We want to offer films that everyone has always wanted to see but haven’t,” says Kirkaldie. “Movie lovers miss out on the classics because they are busy keeping up with the current.” He says that more often than not, movies that are considered classics show us how filmmaking has developed. “So many films that come out today are based on a great movies of the past and seeing the original gives you a better appreciation of film in general.”

Of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Kirkaldie says, “As a film, it is a leader of the German Expressionist era and can’t be overlooked for it’s influence on current popular Goth culture.” It’s a psycho thriller that leaves an impression for it’s visual approach. “Haunting. Beautiful. Creepy,” says Kirkaldie.

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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