Trailer for F.W. Murnau's Newly Restored Nosferatu
Posted October 14, 2013 04:44 PM by Webmaster
Kino Classics has released a new trailer for Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung's recent restoration of F.W. Murnau's classic horror film Nosferatu. Kino Classics will release the restoration on Blu-ray on November 12th.
Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann's 1922 score, this Kino Classic's upcoming release offers unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version.
An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau (Sunrise, Faust, The Last Laugh). Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok (as portrayed by Max Schreck) is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws -- perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism yet envisioned. Nosferatu was an atypical expressionist film in that much of it was shot on location. While directors such as Lang and Lubitsch built vast forests and entire towns within the studio, Nosferatu's landscapes, villages and castle were actual locations in the Carpathian Mountains. Murnau was thus able to infuse the story with the subtle tones of nature: both pure and fresh as well as twisted and sinister.
It's great to see the historically significant movies being remastered for high definition displays. Nosferatu is an interesting and important movie, if a bit simple and melodramatic in its story-telling.