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Nosferatu Definitive Version

5

Forget Bela Lugosi. Forget even snarling Christopher Lee. The most chilling of all Transylvanian counts was created way back in the silent era by the supreme visual poet of German cinema, FW Murnau. Working for the short-lived Prana-Film company, Murnau borrows the bare bones of Bram Stoker’s novel, changes all the names and, shooting almost entirely on real-life locations, creates a haunting otherworld infested by predatory shadows. Ruler of this unearthly realm is Count Orlok (as Dracula is here renamed), played by stage actor Max Schreck – the only role for which he’s remembered, but enough to make him a lasting cinematic icon. Eureka gives us a superbly restored print complete with the original orchestral score.

 

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