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Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens

Directed by F.W. Murnau
Germany, 1922
Horror, Silent


Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains; he seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen. After Orlok reveals his vampire nature and prepares to travel to his new home, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger.

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Nosferatu Directed by F.W. Murnau
The quality of mobile architecture is what Éric Rohmer set out to grasp in his 1972 doctoral thesis devoted to ‘The Organisation of Space in Murnau’s Faust.’ But when we take another look at the classic Nosferatu (1922) today, what we are more likely to notice is the further elaboration the German director added through his mastery of editing—and his virtual invention of what critic-teacher-filmmaker Jean-André Fieschi (1942-2009) dubbed ‘poetic montage.’
November 07, 2016
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…Orlok’s shadow, though visible on the outside of Ellen’s clothing, is apparently both present and substantial under her skin, and has taken hold of her heart. We have to conceive of the phantom limb being both solid enough to grasp the organ, and yet intangible enough to easily penetrate solid flesh, like a ghost passing through a wall. Nothing like this had ever been shown in a film, and not a word of explanation is given. But we understand.
October 31, 2016
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Nosferatu on the whole has the timbre of a technical study of the filmmaking process, utilizing all manner of shots, color tints, and perspectives. This experimentation with the basic components of early film yields a bleak, venomous, and deeply eerie nightmare vision of unknowable power.
January 31, 2014
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