Wednesday, May 25, 2011


aka Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens
(Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors)
F.W. Murnau, 1922, Germany, bw (8.4*)
One of the first freaky vampire films from one of the first great directors of the school known as German Expressionism, this character is truly horrifying. Admittedly a little dated in the modern era of special effects, but imagine seeing this type of film in 1922, there had probably only been a handful of scary films made by that time, so there was nothing as evil-looking as this in the early days of cinema.

Murnau designs his films like 19th century art, to control the mood and atmosphere of the story, and transfer that mood to the audience to enhance he story - remember they had no sound to make creepy horror effects, no squeaking board or doors, no howling winds or ghosts, no screaming, just silent horror.

This is No. 48 on our compendium of all film polls

Fans of Murnau or German expressionism should also check out Sunrise: A Story of Two Humans, winner of 3 Oscars® at the 1928 awards, for artistic picture, actress Janet Gaynor, and cinematography.


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