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Reflecting the “spiritual recession” of America in the late 1980s, avant-garde director Peter Sellars updates The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to disorienting and beautiful effect. Totally wordless, but propelled by the music of John Adams and the Tibetan monks of Dharamsala, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez contrasts silent-movie-era acting with New York’s Wall Street superstructure. With a cast that includes Joan Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Kate Valk, Ron Vawter, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, the film presents, in Sellars’ words, “a search for something that is actually valuable, an attempt to redefine the country in non-materialistic terms.” (35mm Presentation)

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