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Nosferatu, symphony of horror - Friedrich W.Murnau (1922). Silent

Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau
1 h 33 mn 21 s - 11 juin 2007

Another version (tinted) of the famous expresionist masterpiece Nosferatu, directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau in 1921. Source:  http://www.archive.org

Extracts from Wikipedia article:

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens ("Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror" in German) is a German Expressionist film shot in 1921 by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, and released in 1922. He had wanted to film a version of Bram Stoker's Dracula, but his studio was unable to obtain the rights to the story. Murnau decided instead to film his own version with only slight changes to the story. For instance, "Dracula" became "Nosferatu" and the names of the characters changed, with Count Dracula changed to Count Orlok. The role of the vampire was played by Max Schreck. Other major actors in the film were Gustav von Wangenheim (as Thomas Hutter/Jonathan Harker), Greta Schröder (as Ellen Hutter/Mina M. Harker), and Alexander Granach (as Knock/R.M. Renfield).

Origins of the name:

The original meaning of the word nosferatu is difficult to determine. There is no doubt that it achieved popular currency through Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, and Stoker identified his source for the term as the 19th-century British author and speaker Emily Gerard. Gerard introduced the word into print in a book chapter ("Transylvanian Superstitions"; published 1885) and in her travelogue The Land Beyond the Forest (1888) (Transylvania's English translation).

The word itself does not mean "the undead" or "vampire", as is popularly thought. Theories regarding its etymology link it either to the Greek nosophoros (νοσοφορος; "plague-carrier"), or the Romanian nesuferitul ("the insufferable one").

Technical data: Directed by F. W. Murnau; Produced by Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau; Written by Bram Stoker, Henrik Galeen; Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landshoff, John Gottowt; Cinematography: Fritz Arno Wagner, Günther Krampf; Distributed by Film Arts Guild; Release dates: 4 March 1922 Germany, 3 June 1929 USA; Running time 94 minutes; Country: Germany; Language: Silent film, German intertitles.

Film data from http://en.wikipedia.org 

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