Nosferatu

(1922)

also known as: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

directed by F.W. Murnau, 94 minutes

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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

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
Synopsis
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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3 members found this review helpful Created almost 3 years ago.

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

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2 members found this review helpful Created 11 months ago.

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).

Created almost 3 years ago.

I like this one! <3 Bravo! xD

Created 11 months ago.

It,s oy! says Bruno in Love!

Created over 1 year ago.

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.

Created about 3 years ago.

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

Created about 3 years ago.

Awesome movie you have to see it!

Created over 3 years ago.

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

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