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Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

Nosferatu
Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror / Nosferatu the Vampire / Terror of Dracula

Germany 1922
produced by
Enrico Dieckmann, Albin Grau for Prana Film, Jofa-Atelier
directed by F.W. Murnau
starring Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landshoff, John Gottowt, Gustav Botz, Max Nemetz, Wolfgang Heinz, Albert Venohr, Eric van Viele, Guido Herzfeld, Fanny Schreck, Hardy von Francois, Heinrich Witte, Karl Etlinger
screenplay by Henrik Galeen, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker

silent
Dracula, Nosferatu

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) is sent from Wisburg to Transylvania to sell a certain Count Orlok (Max Schreck) some real estate - in fact the very house opposite to his own. Orlok is a creep customer though, he is active merely at night, sleeps in a coffin all through the day, and where are the bitemarks on Hutter's neck coming from? (Of course, the audience has long found out Orlok is a vampire, but Hutter hasn't yet.)

Eventually, Orlok heads off to Wisburg, carrying a wagonload of coffins, yet hutter is left behind, locked in. Somehow he manages to escape, but exhaustion renders him unconscious soon afterwards.

Meanwhile back in Wisburg, Hutter's fiancée Ellen (Greta Schröder) starts to feel peculiar, as if she knew about the hardships of her husband, and she even starts to sleepwalk - partly because Orlok has put her under his spell. Hutter's boss Knock (Alexander Granach) has been hit even harder, Orlok's pending arrival has made him go insane - which is why he presently resides in the local asylum.

Hutter makes it back to Wisburg on horseback just before Orlok's arrival by ship, but he can do little to actually warn the populace, and so, with the arrival of Orlok, a plague-like disease befalls the city. At first, the citizen's blame Knock, who has since broken out of the asylum, killing a guard, but he is hunted down and lynched by the villagers - which has little effect on the plague though ...

Ellen finds a book in Hutter's possession that tells her the only way to kill a vampire is if a sinless maid freely gives herself (and her life) up to him and makes him stay with her until the first crow of the cock in the morning - and thus, Wisburg is saved from the plague and the vampire by her ultimate sacrifice ...

 


The (unofficial) first adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and also one of the best if not the best rendition of the story to this day. The film is full of creepy images, many of which have become iconic over time, Max Schreck is quite probably the spookiest vampire in horror history, and clever pacing, great camerawork and a moody directorial effort all help to make this one a classic for all times.

Must-see.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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