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Inside the Mind of Dr. Caligari with The Invincible Czars Live

August 30, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

The Invincible Czars return to CCA, bringing their nightmarishly fun soundtrack to the world’s first feature-length horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) with an immersive combined live soundtrack experience that transports audiences back 100+ years via an age-old tale accompanied by a chilling, tastefully-modern score featuring an impressive blend of traditional acoustic and present-day electric instruments.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari tells the story of a group of friends who encounter the mysterious Dr. Caligari and his scary, sleepwalking sidekick Cesare at a carnival.  When a series of murders brings the town to its knees, Franzis sets out to prove Caligari is responsible… but is he?

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari inspired modern day filmmaker Tim Burton and musicians like David Bowie with its strikingly modern visuals.  Its craggy edges, disjointed backgrounds and heavy make-up have earned this dark fairy tale a reputation as the quintessential German Expressionist film.  Its twist ending is also considered the first in cinematic history (and something Rod Sterling’s The Twlight Zone capitalized upon in the 1960s.)

Film Director: Robert Wiene
Writers: Hans Janowitz, Carl Mayer
Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher
Running Time: 1 hr. 7 min.

Category: German silent horror film


The Invincible Czars began making adventurous rock music in Austin clubs 2003 but quickly branched into the arts world with their wide scope of styles, cinematic flare, mix of modern and classical instruments, and their complicated relationship with heavy metal.

The live accompaniment by The Invincible Czars marries the old-world charm of silent film with an electrifying contemporary experience. The group draws upon influences from more modern film composers including Bear McCreary, Angelo Badalmenti, David Buckley, Bernard Herrmann and Danny Elfman.

“We strive to create soundtracks that give modern -day audiences a context to appreciate these 100-year-old movies,” said Josh Robins, Invincible Czars founder and bandleader.

The band operates as a collective with a few core members and a rotating cast of additional members on any given project or tour. The touring ensemble for 2023 is:

  • Phil Davidson – violin, keyboards, percussion
  • Skunk Manhattan – piano, keyboards, bass
  • Josh Robins – guitar, bass, samples, percussion
  • Louis Landry – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Hampton Rattan – winds, keys
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