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Nosferatu -- A cornerstone of the horror film, F. W. Murnau's NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR is resurrected in an HD edition mastered from the acclaimed 35mm restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann's 1922 score, this edition offers unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version.
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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Henrik Galeen (screen play)
Bram Stoker (based on the novel: "Dracula")
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Release Date:
3 June 1929 (USA) See more »
A thrilling mystery masterpiece - a chilling psycho-drama of blood-lust.
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of my two favorites See more (363 total) »


  (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)
Hans Lanser-Rudolf ... Ein Magistrat (uncredited)
Loni Nest ... Child at Window (uncredited)
Josef Sareny ... Head coachman (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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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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:16 (original rating) | 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 (video) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (cable rating)
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The movie was banned in Sweden due to excessive horror. The ban was finally lifted in 1972.See more »
Continuity: When Nosferatu emerges from the ships hull, the wooden "hatch/door" is not attached to anything. Moments later a large arm hinge is suddenly attached to the right side.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in "Angel: Orpheus (#4.15)" (2003)See more »


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95 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
One of my two favorites, 21 May 1999
Author: Patsy-9 from Calgary, AB

Quite possibly my own very favourite movie. No vampire film before or since has been either as disturbing or as artful. Less overtly "expressionistic" than some of the other German films of the day, but no less visually impressive. Look at the seascape where Ellen/Nina/Mina pines over her departed husband. Watch those marvelous shadows, which we see in Bremen more often than the vampire itself, used especially effectively in the closing sequence.

And look at Max Schreck himself! While Bram Stoker gave his Count affinity with wolves and bats, Murnau favours that rat, both in that they surround him and that he physically resembles a shaved, cadaverous rat. Spreading his pestilence, Max Schreck is truly the vilest, most loathsome villain in the history of film. The scene where he rises suddenly erect from his coffin aboard ship is one that horror directors everywhere should study very carefully.

Nosferatu is also noteworthy as the origin of the idea that vampires are killed by sunlight, previously present neither in literature nor folklore. In response to the poster who complained that the vampire seems to be walking around in light before his death, these scenes are set at night. In the original versions, there was a blue tint over these scenes to let you tell night from day; it's difficult to tell the difference without them.

My copy is marred with some hilarious inappropriate sound effects (such as a massive "BOING" when the gates of the castle open on their own accord) which I've learned not to hold against the film itself.

Thank God that Florence Stoker did not manage to completely wipe this film of the face of existence.

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