Murnau got the genre off to a great start; Nosferatu's crumbling Gothic influence—drafty castles and creaky ships, dark shadows and silhouettes—can be felt in everything from the Universal monster movies to Hammer Horror and beyond. Nosferatu is one of several silent era films that show the basis and origin of this influence. There are also many eccentric touches here, not the least of which came in making Max Schreck's vampire a towering, skeletal being who resembles an elongated, skinned rat. As for the image quality itself, the disc is gorgeous. It makes up the detail in the image. This leads us to the film's other lasting image—Nosferatu's shadow creeping up the stairs to Ellen's bedroom, all pointed ears and fingers and crooked spine.
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. We might find it even more improbable to believe a work conceived in the earliest days of horror cinema could still make the flesh crawl in strange, indefinable ways -- especially that of first time viewers firmly schooled in the conventions of the genre this film was so instrumental in helping to spawn. What Fritz Lang's Metropolis did for science fiction, F. The fully orchestrated arrangements, conducted by Berndt Heller with the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, add a lot of impact to Murnau's moody visuals. Also appended from the earlier release, this double disc edition allows for viewing the film with English intertitles disc one or the reconstructed German intertitles with optional English subtitles disc two. The latter date is more related to its exhumation, resurrection and re-release than any great enlightenment taking fifty years.
Regardless of its illegal status, this is a wonderfully spooky piece even today. Nosferatu was the only film Prana produced. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. However, there was considerable thought put into every aspect that was filmed for the mood it created, particularly with use of light and shadow, and its contribution to the story telling. Long considered one of the masterworks of German cinema, F. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, 'Nosferatu' is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F.
This is a pioneering cinematic nightmare that can still send shivers up your spine today. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation—both films are technical masterpieces stained from beneath with troubling subtexts. The film's publicists ran wild with this, of course, and the rumors ultimately inspired the 2001 movie Shadow of the Vampire, with Willem Defoe in the Schreck role. There are some extras that give a very good background about F. Thus, against the wishes of his fretful wife Ellen Greta Schöder and the many locals he encounters, he journeys to the Romanian castle belonging to the Dracula stand-in, Count Orlok Max Schreck.
The viewer is presented with two viewing options: a version with English inter-titles and the original German version with German inter-titles and English subtitles. You can find the latest specs for 'Nosferatu: 2-Disc Deluxe Remastered Edition' linked from our , where it's indexed under November 12. It's a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it's over. Don't mistake these alterations for useless revisionism--the original prints of the film, like many other silent films of the era, were tinted since color film, which did exist but was highly costly to utilize, was not the norm in the 1920s. Kino Classics will release on Blu-ray F. Murnau Sunrise, Faust, The Last Laugh.
Murnau was thus able to infuse the story with the subtle tones of nature: both pure and fresh as well as twisted and sinister. German lands held since the 1870's and earlier were ceded by the 1919 Versailles Treaty to other countries, along with submitting to massive war reparation payments. 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. In terms of soundtrack, we only get one score, with the option to listen to it in 5. It's visibly sharper throughout, and when compared back to back, the English version is slightly but noticeably cropped. Ellen meanwhile, becomes the heroine who is pure of heart and who bravely sacrifices herself to end a plague born in supernatural evil; or perhaps she is the one whose secret sexual attraction drew this occult menace towards her in the first place, before tempting him to remain at her bedside until the crow of the cock at dawn causes him to disintegrate in daylight before the rising sun … The line between predator and prey here becomes ambiguous, with roles continually swapping -- both readings seem to sit comfortably side by side throughout the remainder of a film which encompasses some of the great horror set-pieces of the cinematic form.
This was not a high budget film and the special effects are nearly non-existent beyond makeup and Nosferatu's prosthetics. A tinted nitrate print with French intertitles from 1922 from the Cinémathèque Française, Paris, was used as a basis for the restoration. Murnau was thus able to infuse the story with the subtle tones of nature: both pure and fresh as well as twisted and sinister. Do people who already own Kino's 2007 release of the film really need this one? Murnau films, Photo Gallery This 1922 classic ranks only slightly before The Cabinet of Dr. Murnau gave credit to Bram Stoker's book, he didn't seek permission.
In the case of this Blu-ray, the tints have been historically re-created to be true to the way Nosferatu would have looked in 1922. Today, we have over half a century's worth of vampire lore depicted on film — some good and some mediocre while a good chunk ranges from bad to just plain awful. As a film in the public domain, it's seen numerous releases by less-than- reputable distributors using thrice-duped, badly tinted, and poorly mastered prints. The film is so heebie-jeebies-inducing that you can easily overlook how masterful it is in its construction. It was in that environment the German film industry rose in prominence and the German Expressionist films were created. Here we find one of early horror's greatest moments—Orlok rising stiff-as-a-board up out of his coffin, an impossibly creepy shot with an unmistakably phallic implication. His boss, Knock Alexander Granach —soon to become a Renfield knockoff—sends him east over the Carpathian Mountains to meet with the mysterious Count Orlok Max Schreck and arrange the purchase of a derelict estate directly across from Hutter's home in the fictional city of Wisborg.