Nosferatu

Directed by F. W. Murnau

Year: 1922
Running Time: 84
Color Type: Tinted B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: Germany
Language: English intertitles
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Nosferatu

Cast
Alexander Granach
Greta Schroeder
Gustav von Wangenheim
Max Schreck

Crew
Cinematographer Fritz Arno Wagner
Writer Henrik Galeen
Composed by Thierry Zaboitzeff, Gerard Hourbette and Donald Sosin
Directed by F. W. Murnau


An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau (Sunrise, Faust, The Last Laugh).

Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok (as portrayed by Max Schreck) is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws -- perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism yet envisioned.

Nosferatu was an atypical expressionist film in that much of it was shot on location. While directors such as Lang and Lubitsch built vast forests and entire towns within the studio, Nosferatu's landscapes, villages and castle were actual locations in the Carpathian mountains. Murnau was thus able to infuse the story with the subtle tones of nature: both pure and fresh as well as twisted and sinister.

 

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