84 min, black and white
Max Schreck, Alexander Gränach
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John Gottowt, Gustav Botz, Max Nemetz
Wolfgang Heinz, Albert Venhr . . .
Nosferatu is considered the forerunner of countless vampire and horror films that have been made since, setting the standard for subsequent generations of directors. Murnau understood how to use the medium of film to its full impact by bringing an alien horror into familiar surroundings. The environment, the houses, and especially Nosferatu himself are engendered with an uncanny physiognomy. When compared to other films from the period, Murnau’s masterly picture language is highly impressive.
The film, with its many natural scenic elements and unexaggerated presentation, is similar in quality to current day productions.
Score: Wilfried Kaets