NOSFERATU: A Symphony of Horror F W Murneau 1922 (Germany)

Accompanied by Peter Urpeth on Grand Piano.

In the year of Bram Stoker’s 100th Anniversary and to celebrate Halloween, once again we present the original and best cinematic version of Dracula

Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau from 1921 is the earliest surviving screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  Almost destroyed by Stoker’s widow because of copyright infringement, this film has since outlasted many others of the silent era.  It has been voted by critics on the influential Rotten Tomatoes film-site, the greatest vampire movie ever.  One of the era’s most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu’s eerie, gothic feel and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the Count set the template for the horror films that followed.

Max Schreck as the Count aboard the Demeter

The film was remade in 1979 by Werner Herzog as Nosferatu the Vampyre, with Klaus Kinski in the lead role.  And E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire  (2000) starring William Dafoe and John Malkovich, was a fictionalised account of the making of the film, based on the conceit that Max Schreck’s compelling performance was because he actually was a vampire!




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