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also known as Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

Nosferatu 1922

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Before the assorted treatments of the Dracula tale starring either Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman or Klaus Kinski there was F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU, one of the first and still most haunting of all vampire tales. With his shaven, bulbuous skull, elongated fingers that seem like raven's claws and appearance that would make an orc cower in fear, Max Schreck could be the creepiest vampire ever, forever reaching from the shadows to grasp for human blood. The greatness of NOSFERATU, though, is not in Murnau's visualization of the horror of the unnatural world, but his ability to discover the horrors lurking within our own realm. Eschewing studio sets and artificial backdrops, Murnau shot on location in crumbling northern mountain villages, lingering on the decay of the streets and the ghosts that lurk within its ruins. As critic Béla Bálazs wrote, "a chilling draught from the world beyond" courses through every frame, a description that every horror film should hope to attain. - Jason Sanders
An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's DRACULA, NOSFERATU is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau. 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.

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"To watch F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU is to see the vampire movie before it had really seen itself." - Roger Ebert


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The superb quality of this restoration and music selection made watching this classic all the more enjoyable.

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This is the 2013 Kino Lorber restoration, with a superb orchestration of the original score (something of a rarity in restorations of silent films). So we Fandor members are lucky. A must see for anyone interested in the history of film; for one thing, as Roger Ebert pointed out, Murnau is credited with one of the first influential uses of montage. And horror fans, well, you really shouldn't miss it for any reason. The visual tropes we're all familiar with from Dracula movies? Murnau came up with a lot of them first.

Looking forward to Herzog's "Nosferatu" next (also on Fandor).

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The superb quality of this restoration and music selection made watching this classic all the more enjoyable.

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Old horror movies typically don't age well, but Nosferatu is the exception. Not only are the visuals still haunting, but the audience is made to really experience the feeling of dread, death, and mortality. Beautifully disturbing!

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This is an excellent restoration. Visually, the screen image is full and clear. Its details are sharp. Therefore, the cinematography can be appreciated as it was made, and not by a hack. The direction by Murnau is brilliant. All this is beautifully heightened by the restoration. Also, scenes were inserted where they were properly in the original but were lost due to lousy keeping. Count Orlok is a true Stoker vampire--ugly and malignant. He has no charm. He'll never be romantic or suave. I mean, who wants to French kiss that? He is driven by lust for human blood (not rats or cows), and he has no inner conflict about it. For all you Nosferatu fans or who have never seen it but enjoy great vampire movies, then watch this.

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It,s oy! says Bruno in Love!

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Roger Ebert has it right . . . but see not Herzog's remake, Nosferatu the Vampyre but John Malkovich as F. W. Murnau in Shadow of the Vampire.

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I like this one! <3 Bravo! xD

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Best silent scary movie by far its one of my favorites!

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Awesome movie you have to see it!

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A film that should not be left off anyone's "Must See" list.

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Who took F.W. Murnau’s skull, and what do they plan to do with it? This is a mystery that may never be solved, but part of the answer lies in this film, an iconic example of German Expressionist cinema. “Nosferatu” is one of the earliest and most influential horror movies, and Murnau’s monster, the creeping, rodent-like Count Orlok, is still a chilling screen presence. As recent, macabre events have shown, “Nosferatu” is truly a film for the ages.

 

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