I've loved silent movies forever. The first one I watched was The Cameraman (Buster Keaton, 1928) that my mom brought home from me after her shift at Blockbuster Video (sorry, younger Wattpad users, for the vintage terminology). I expected it to be stupid because it was old, but I enjoyed the crap out of that movie. The story was funny and beautiful, and I wanted more.
Soon, I'd filled my video library with other silent titles, enamored specifically with German Expressionist movies. The sets were out of whack, and the stories were creepy.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 1919, was the first movie in this movement.
Because I love this film so much, I wanted to treat it with respect, while creating something good in its own right. Where's the fun in a scene-to-scene copy?
For my version, I set the story in modern New York City, and treated the plot a little like a murder mystery, and a little like a horror story.
I wrote the book during National Novel Writing Month in 2012 (www.nanowrimo.org). Because I can never let my work go, I've decided to post it here a chapter at a time while I go through my final edit. If you have any constructive criticism, please DM me.
Original screenplay, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer © 1919 is in the public domain.
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I go to the festival with my best friend because I like him, not because I care about the shows. But when a fortune teller reveals he'll die by dawn the next morning, our plans go out the window. A modern retelling of the classic The Cabinet of Dr C...