The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari meets VR

“Cesar’s Dream” is a VR adaptation of Robert Wiene’s  world-famous, silent film classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from the year 1919. 100 years later, this 2019 interpretation has transformed the film’s script and storyline, placing it within an expressionistic, dream-like environment while artistically weaving elements of the original classic into a contemporary virtual experience. Through  a combination of holograms and virtual environments, the viewer moves amidst the actors in the scene and is immersed in the center of the action.

Into a dream

he aim of the experience is to take the user into a dreamlike world, in which set pieces from “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” can be experienced. The dream here is the logical complement to sleep, which is an important element in the film. The virtual dream experience represents aspects of freedom as well as dependence for the user at the same time. Freedom in the angle of vision, in reception and in dealing with dream images. And lack of freedom in the fact that the presented scenario itself cannot be influenced. Part of this dream is dependence: Cesare is a creature dominated by Dr. Caligari.