An unauthorized production of Bram Stoker's work (The legal heirs didn't give their permission), so the names had to be changed. But this wasn't enough: The widow of Bram Stoker won two lawsuits (1924 and 1929) in which she demanded the destruction of all copies of the movie, however happily copies of it were already too widespread to destroy them all. Later, the Universal Studios could break her resistance against this movie. Count Oriok's move to Wisburg (Obviously the real "Wismar") brings the plague traceable to his dealings with the Realtor Thomas Hutter, and the Count's obsession. - This is a silent film.
Running Time: 94 Minutes
F.W. Murnau's classic take on the Dracula legend -- or rather, the "Count Orlok" legend, as Marnau was unable to get the rights to Bram Stoker's novel -- doesn't even get the villain out of his homeland until 60 minutes into the 79 minute film. Gothic and very German, its stars caked with eye makeup, Nosferatu's heroes are shrugging and ambivalent, while its antihero is a ghoulish yet surprisngly ineffective menace. As a silent film, Murnau's title cards are incredibly over the top and uninteresting, while the film on the whole appears to be directed by a madman.
Still, this is 1922, and many things can be forgiven. Nosferatu earns its place in the cinematic archives, but its accessibility to modern viewers is surely all but lost.
Eureka video has restored Nosferatu, impressively, with its new two-disc Ultimate Edition DVD release of the film. The picture has never looked better, and the subtitles have been cleaned up. Interestingly, the original German intertitles have been included as well as the original score that played with the film in the 1920s. A historical commentary track rides with the film, and a second disc includes a documentary on Murnau and a short demonstration of the restoration process. Very worthwhile if you're a fan of the film.
Aka Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens. (filmcritic.com)
Count Orlok's move to Wisburg and brings the plague, this reveals his connection to the Realtor Thomas Hutter, and the Count's obsession with Hutter's wife, Ellen - the only one with the power to end the evil. Written by Denise Stickel
CAST & CREW:
Gustav von Wangenheim
Georg H. Schnell
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