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Nosferatu -- NOSFERATU.  A chronicle of the Great Death in Wisborg.  The story of Nosferatu is one of gothic horror, sensuality and ultimately, death. Unlike Bram Stokers Dracula, the events in the movie take place, not in London, but in Bremen, Germany during the 183

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Director:
Writers:
Henrik Galeen (screen play)
Bram Stoker (based on the novel: "Dracula")
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Release Date:
3 June 1929 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Silent classic based on the story "Dracula." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Max Schreck IS "Nosferatu" See more (331 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Max Schreck ... Graf Orlok
Gustav von Wangenheim ... Hutter (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)

Greta Schröder ... Ellen, seine Frau (as Greta Schroeder)
Georg H. Schnell ... Harding, ein Reeder (as G.H. Schnell)
Ruth Landshoff ... Ruth, seine Schwester
Gustav Botz ... Professor Sievers, der Stadtarzt
Alexander Granach ... Knock, ein Häusermakler
John Gottowt ... Professor Bulwer, ein Paracelsianer
Max Nemetz ... Ein Kapitän
Wolfgang Heinz ... 1. Matrose
Albert Venohr ... 2. Matrose
Eric van Viele ... Matrose 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Etlinger ... Kontrolleur am Kai (uncredited)
Guido Herzfeld ... Wirt (uncredited)
Loni Nest ... Child at Window (uncredited)
Fanny Schreck ... Krankenschwester im Hospital (uncredited)
Hardy von Francois ... Arzt im Hospital (uncredited)
Heinrich Witte ... Wärter im Irrenhaus (uncredited)

Directed by
F.W. Murnau 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henrik Galeen  screen play
Bram Stoker  based on the novel: "Dracula"

Produced by
Enrico Dieckmann .... producer
Albin Grau .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Bernard (1997)
Hans Erdmann 
Carlos U. Garza (1998)
Gérard Hourbette 
Timothy Howard (1991)
Richard Marriott (1989) (as Club Foot Orchestra)
Richard O'Meara (2000)
Hans Posegga (1989)
Peter Schirmann (1969)
Douglas Sosin 
Bernardo Uzeda (2006)
Bernd Wilden (1998)
Thierry Zaboitzeff 
 
Cinematography by
Fritz Arno Wagner (photographed by) (as F.A. Wagner)
Günther Krampf (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Albin Grau (costumes by)
 
Art Department
Albin Grau .... art director: sets
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fritz Arno Wagner .... camera operator
 
Music Department
James Fitzpatrick .... music contractor (1997)
Joanna Seaton .... vocalist (2002)
Art Zoyd .... performer (1988)
 
Other crew
Robert Gray .... translator: English intertitles
 

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Also Known As:
"Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" - Germany (original title)
"Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror" - International (English title) (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
94 min | USA:81 min | Spain:65 min (VHS version) | Spain:92 min (DVD edition) | 84 min (1994 restored version projected at 20 fps) | UK:88 min (1997 restored version) | Belgium:85 min | Sweden:84 min (DVD version)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) (video rating) | Canada:13+ (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Czech Republic:U | Finland:K-12 (1987) | Finland:(Banned) (1922) | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (1931) | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Spain:T | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (cable rating)
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Trivia:
Still, after 85 years, virtually all of the exteriors are left intact in the cities of Wismar and Lubeck.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the English language version, modern watermarks show through the pages of the supposedly ancient "Book of the Vampires".See more »
Quotes:
[as Hutter is on his way to Knock's real estate office]
Prof. Bulwer:Wait, young man. You cannot escape destiny by running away!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Meet Me on the Southbank (2013)See more »

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140 out of 156 people found the following review useful.
Max Schreck IS "Nosferatu", 18 March 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

In 1921, director F.W. Murnau set out to make a horror film based on Bram Stoker's novel, `Dracula,' but was denied the rights to the property by Stoker's estate. Undeterred, however, Murnau merely changed the title to `Nosferatu,' the name of the title character to `Count Orlok,' then proceeded to make what has come to be considered nothing less than a classic of the silent film era. An unsettling film (especially for the times in which it was made), it is a faithful adaptation of Stoker's story, and brings images to the screen, the likes of which at the time, had never before been seen. And although by today's standards much of it may seem relatively tame, there is an innate sense of the sinister about it that is timeless. For the same elements that so unnerved audiences in 1922 when it was released, are equally discomfiting now, most of which is courtesy of Max Schreck, who portrayed Count Orlok. It was the first screen appearance for what is now the most famous vampire in history, and the German character actor Schreck brought an eerie presence to the role that has never been equaled. Bela Lugosi may be considered the definitive Dracula-- his portrayal is certainly the most well known-- but even he could not match the sense of evil that Schreck brought to the character. The scene in which Schreck's shadow is cast on the wall as he slowly negotiates a staircase, emphasizing his misshapen head and elongated fingers and nails, is an image that leaves an indelible impression on the memory, as does Schreck's overall appearance: Lanky, though slightly stooped, with oversized, pointed ears and haunted, sunken eyes. It was Schreck's greatest screen role, and had it not been for a lawsuit by Stoker's estate that prevented wide distribution of the film, it would no doubt have made him a star. The supporting cast includes John gottowt, Alexander Granach, Wolfgang Heinz, Max Nemetz, Gustav von Wangenheim, Ruth Landshoff and Greta Schroder. An air of mystery surrounded the set during the filming of `Nosferatu' that became something of a myth, which began with the fact that Schreck, a method actor, was never seen by cast nor crew without his makeup and in character. And it was further perpetuated when it may have been implied by Murnau that Schreck was actually a vampire playing an actor playing a vampire, all of which goes a long way toward proving that `hype' is nothing new to the entertainment industry. One of the three most highly regarded German directors of the times, Murnau, whose philosophy was that `nothing existed beyond the frame,' directed a number of films, but none achieved the lasting notoriety of `Nosferatu.' For film buffs everywhere, as well as aficionados of silent pictures, this film is a must-see, and a perfect companion piece to the recently released (2000) `Shadow of the Vampire,' the film by E. Elias Merhige that chronicles the making of `Nosferatu.' A comparatively short film-- the restored DVD version runs 81 minutes, the video, 63 minutes-- it will nevertheless provide an entertaining and memorable cinematic experience. This is an example of not only the magic, but the magic at the very core of the movies. I rate this one 10/10.

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