Directed by F. W. Murnau

Release Year: 1922
Running Time: 84
Color Type: Tinted B&W
Country: Germany
Language: English intertitles
Closed Captioned: Yes
Genres: Silent, Horror
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Alexander Granach
Greta Schroeder
Gustav von Wangenheim
Max Schreck

Cinematographer Fritz Arno Wagner
Writer Henrik Galeen
Composed by Thierry Zaboitzeff, Gerard Hourbette and Donald Sosin
Directed by F. W. Murnau

Also available in German Horror Classics DVD Box Set

An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau (Sunrise, Faust, The Last Laugh).

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.

Nosferatu was an atypical expressionist film in that much of it was shot on location. While directors such as Lang and Lubitsch built vast forests and entire towns within the studio, Nosferatu's landscapes, villages and castle were actual locations in the Carpathian mountains. Murnau was thus able to infuse the story with the subtle tones of nature: both pure and fresh as well as twisted and sinister.


Educational Reviews

" unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula—features arguably the most creepy vampire performance in cinematic history by Max Schreck." **** Highly Recommended Video Librarian