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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 »
NewsDesk:
(225 articles)
User Reviews:
a truly original Vampire film- a tale of the Gothic legend in Murnau's masterpiece See more (340 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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Additional Details

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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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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:
Gustav von Wangenheim was not director F.W. Murnau's first or even his second choice for the role of Hutter but his third one.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Hutter sits down on the bed at the inn to read the book about Nosferatu the Vampire, a piece of paper can be seen appearing and then disappearing in the lower left corner of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
Graf Orlok:Is this your wife? What a lovely throat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Virtuoso (2007/II)See more »

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31 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
a truly original Vampire film- a tale of the Gothic legend in Murnau's masterpiece, 25 April 2000
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Nosferatu is a great horror movie (possibly the first ever according to some accounts), and one of the pinnacles of the German silent era of film-making. Made in the silent age by the German expressionist/auteur FW Murnau, the film has the genuine power to act creepy, odd, alluring, mythic, and beautiful by way of images and music that don't leave your mind once the film is over. It's like someone collected a stash of nightmares and pulled them together with the original Bram Stoker story of Dracula. Max Shreck, in his most notorious role (and apparently the only one really anyone's bothered to see) plays the monstrous Count Orlock, a vampire who comes out at night to tempt the living and, of course, to suck blood. Though this story of Dracula has been numerously repeated (even by the Hollywood version in the early 30s), this film is one of the prime examples of how horror SHOULD be done- dispense with cheap thrills or overloading with exposition.

A director like Murnau here, who had total artistic control (abeit the film not in circulation for many years), could transform Orlock's world into one of acute, deliberate angles, long deep shadows, and painting with light like some mad artist from the dark ages. One could almost claim that this, alongside Night of the Living Dead, changed the way audiences looked at horror films, that a style and presence could be wrung from characters that bring out the worst fears and dread in common people. Years from now, long into the digital age, there may still be room for of all things a silent, non-talking effort like Nosferatu, where the terror can still be felt through the black and white (sometimes tinted) photography and stark physical performances by Schrek and the others. In short, a film like this is one of the reasons I love to watch horror movies.

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