Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB
Original title: Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
Germany, 1922. Jofa-Atelier Berlin-Johannisthal, Prana-Film GmbH. Screenplay by Henrik Galeen, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Cinematography by Fritz Arno Wagner, Gunther Krampf. Produced by Enrico Dieckmann, Albin Grau. Music by Hans Erdmann, Gerard Hourbette, Douglas Sosin. Production Design by Albin Grau. Costume Design by Albin Grau.
Silent horror classic by F.W. Murnau that is a milestone in the genre of German Expressionist filmmaking. Max Schreck is perfectly creepy as Count Orloc, the Dracula-like vampire who, following a visit by real-estate agent Hutter, decides to move from his haunted castle to the city of Wisborg and there falls in love with Hutter’s fiancee Ellen. The imagery is fantastic, the pace quick and the acting is top quality. The film was originally to be based on the novel by Bram Stoker, but as the rights weren’t available Murnau just changed a few names and augmented the story to his own purposes. The making of this all-time classic was the subject of E. Elias Merhige’s delicious film Shadow of the Vampire, and this particular version was effectively remade by Werner Herzog in 1979.