Crystal Bright & The Silverhands to present ‘Caligari’ Live at Geeksboro

GREENSBORO, NC - Greensboro, NC - A legend of the Triad’s local music scene will be adding a new twist to a classic silent horror film.

Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands will be performing live musical accompaniment to director Robert Wiene’s masterpiece of German Expressionism “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema.

This special, one-night-only performance will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 29

Released in 1920, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is the  story of a young man who recalls a horrifying experience involving a mysterious vaudevillian doctor named Caligari and his zombie-like somnambulist Cesare. Nearly 100 years after its initial release, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” stands as one of the greatest achievements in both silent and horror filmmaking.

Aside from terrifying audiences with creepy visuals and bizarre set design, many cite the film for presenting one of cinema’s first “twist endings.” In fact, famed film critic Roger Ebert cited the movie as “the first true horror film.”

Combined with carnival folk, gypsy jazz sounds of Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands, this screening marks the perfect juxtaposition between cinema and local live music. Band leader and Triad resident Crystal Bright first got the idea to perform the show a year ago.

"’The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ takes place at a carnival and involves a zombyish character, and it has a dark complex plot with a twist ending.“ Bright says. “I can't think of a better fit, cinematically, for our style of music.”

Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema is located on 2134 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro’s historic Lawndale Shopping Center. Tickets are $15 each and are available at Geeksboro’s café or online at

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