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For a great many aspiring cinephiles, F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror served as their entry point into both Silent Cinema and also German Expressionism. Perhaps because of the film's subject matter, rooted firmly in the horror genre, Murnau's thinly veiled adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula is perceived as more appealing and approachable than other films in the movement. Certainly much of the film's imagery is now synonymous with German Expressionism many decades later, while the fearsome appearance of its central antagonist, Count Orlok, has become an icon of cinematic horror. In truth, however, Nosferatu was made very much on the fringes of the German Film Industry, on a shoestring budget funded by renowned occultists.On its release, Nosferatu was not a commercial success...

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