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Max Schreck
Director: F.W. Murnau Cast: Max Schreck
Max Schreck
, Alexander Granach
Alexander Granach
, Gustav VonWangenheim
Gustav VonWangenheim
F.W. Murnau

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F. W. Murnau's landmark vampire film Nosferatu isn't merely a variation on Bram Stoker's Dracula: it's a direct steal, so much so that Stoker's widow went to court, demanding in vain that the Murnau film be suppressed and destroyed. The character names have been changed to protect the guilty (in the original German prints, at least), but devotees of Stoker will have little trouble recognizing their Dracula counterparts. The film begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter (Gustav von Wagenheim) has arrived to close a sale with the reclusive Herr Orlok (Max Schreck). Despite the feverish warnings of the local peasants, Hutter insists upon completing his journey to Orlok's sinister castle. While enjoying his host's hospitality, Hutter accidently cuts his finger-whereupon Orlok tips his hand by staring intently at the bloody digit, licking his lips. Hutter catches on that Orlok is no ordinary mortal when he witnesses the vampiric nobleman loading himself into a coffin in preparation for his journey to Bremen. By the time the ship bearing Orlok arrives at its destination, the captain and crew have all been killed-and partially devoured. There follows a wave of mysterious deaths in Bremen, which the local authorities attribute to a plague of some sort. But Ellen, Hutter's wife, knows better. Armed with the knowledge that a vampire will perish upon exposure to the rays of the sun, Ellen offers herself to Orlok, deliberately keeping him "entertained" until sunrise. At the cost of her own life, Ellen ends Orlok's reign of terror once and for all. Rumors still persist that Max Schreck, the actor playing Nosferatu, was actually another, better-known performer in disguise ("Max schreck" is German slang for "maximum terror"). Whatever the case, Schreck's natural countenance was buried under one of the most repulsive facial makeups in cinema history-one that was copied to even greater effect by Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of Nosferatu.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2013
UPC: 0738329120924
Original Release: 1922
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Lorber
Region Code: A
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 5,673

Special Features

The Language of Shadows (2007), a 52-minute documentary on the making of Nosferatu; Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau: journey into the night (1920), the haunted castle (1921), phantom (1922), the finances of the grand duke (1924), tarfuffe (1925), faust (1926), and tabu (1931); Image gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max Schreck Graf Orlok, Nosferatu
Alexander Granach Knock
Gustav VonWangenheim Hutter, His Employee
Greta Schroeder Ellen Hutter
G.H. Schnell Harding, Shipowner
Ruth Landshoff Annie
Gustav Boltz Prof. Sievers
Wolfgang Heinz Seaman
Albert Venohr Seaman
Karl Etlinger Sailor
John Gottowt Prof. Bulwer
Guido Herzfeld Innkeeper
Max Nemetz Captain of the "Demeter"
Hardy VonFrancois Doctor

Technical Credits
F.W. Murnau Director
Enrico Dieckmann Producer
Hans Erdmann Score Composer
Henrik Galeen Screenwriter
Albin Grau Art Director,Producer
Gunther Krampf Cinematographer
Fritz Arno Wagner Cinematographer

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