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An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt - and, indeed, terrify - modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set - pieces and innocuous real - world locations alike, Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply - rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and launched the signature " Murnau - style" that would change cinema history forever.
In this first - ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker s Dracula, a simple real - estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok - portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology - who soon after embarks upon a cross - continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land... and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count s campaign against the plague - wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival - that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all in this film that s like a blackout...
Remade by Werner Herzog in 1979 (and inspiring films as diverse as Abel Ferrara s King of New York and The Addiction, and E. Elias Merhige s Shadow of the Vampire), F. W. Murnau s surreal 1922 cine - fable remains the original and landmark entry in the entire global tradition of " the horror film". The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present, newly restored at long last, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror in its definitive restoration, complete with original intertitles and accompanied by the score that played with the film at the time of its initial release.
- Brand new high - definition restoration by Friedrich - Wilhelm - Murnau - Stiftung
- Two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens
- The Language of Shadows, a 53 - minute documentary on Murnau's early years and the filming of Nosferatu
- New video interview with BFI Film Classics Nosferatu author Kevin Jackson
- Newly translated English subtitles with original German intertitles
- PLUS: a 56 - page booklet featuring writings and rare imagery