Dracula, Count (Fictitious character) -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- Germany -- Drama, Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Germany -- Drama, Vampires -- Drama


(Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens)

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  • Portrait of Bruce Loeb
    On Piano

Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach,

In Nosferatu, F. W. Murnau departed from the artifice associated with German Expressionism to invest the natural world with an unnerving incandescence that surpasses any studio-created image. Filming on location, he managed to draw from the jagged profiles of the Carpathian Mountains, and the narrow streets and distorted architecture of a Baltic village, the most horrific sense of all: that of a real world. As the vampire, Max Schreck embodies for all time a figure of living death, existence and nonexistence, a walking ruin leaving devastation in its wake. Linking cinema to gothic literary tradition and to the pictorial love of ruins and decay in nineteenth-century romantic painting, Nosferatu “is in many ways the archetype of the horror genre in its extremely sophisticated awareness of the significance of the ‘monster.’ Here, the vampire is clearly the embodiment of the forces that civilization represses, and the film can be read as an account of the appalling cost of that repression” (Robin Wood). 

  • Henrik Galeen
Based On
  • the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker

  • Fritz Arno Wagner
  • Silent
  • with German intertitles and English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 94 mins
  • Kino Lorber
  • Murnau-Stiftung

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The monster looks better than ever (review), Los Angeles Times, Dennis Lim, 2007

ATA's toothsome cinema (review), SF Weekly, Joyce Slaton, 2003

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens - Nosferatu, a symphony of horror (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 2001

Nosferatu new and improved (distributor materials), Kino International Corporation, 2000

Nosferatu - a symphony of horror (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2000

Nosferatu (synopsis), Kino, 1999

Nosferatu, a symphony of horrors (program note), London Film Festival, 1997

Nosferatu, eine symphonie des grauens (program note), London Film Festival, Philip Kemp, 1995

Murnau's Nosferatu / Herzog's Nosferatu: A bibliography (bibliography), Pacific Film Archive, Jerod Hendrickson, 1990

Clubfoot orchestra (review), Variety, Herb., 1988

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