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The movie was banned in Sweden due to excessive horror. The ban was finally lifted in 1972.
After 85 years, virtually all of the exteriors are left intact in the cities of Wismar and Lubeck.
Many scenes featuring Graf Orlok were filmed during the day, and when viewed in black and white, this becomes extremely obvious. This potential blooper is corrected when the "official" versions of the movie are tinted blue to represent night.
The creature that they say is a werewolf, during the scene at the Inn, is actually a striped hyena.
Count Orlok is only seen blinking one time on screen (near the end of part 1).
All known prints and negatives were destroyed under the terms of settlement of a lawsuit by Bram Stoker's widow. However, the film would subsequently surface in other countries.
Ruth Landshoff, the actress who played the hero's sister, once described a scene in which she fled the vampire, running along a beach. That scene is not in any version of the film, nor in the original script.
Shadow of the Vampire (2000) is a fictionalised depiction of the events surrounding the film's production based on the urban legend that Max Schreck was in actuality a vampire. Schrek was played by Willem Dafoe in that film.
The film was shot between August and October 1921.
Werner Herzog told Terry Gross in 1998 that he feels this is the greatest German film ever made. Herzog, of course, directed the remake Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979).
There have been different first names for the main characters in different English versions. In a few, Hutter is called "Thomas", in others is "Jonathon". Although Hutter's wife is credited as "Ellen", in some versions she is called "Mina".
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.
Some footage of this film and another 1920's silent films, Battleship Potemkin and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, were used in the British rock band Queen's music video for "Under Pressure" with David Bowie sharing vocals.
The film is included in "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Nosferatu appears in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants called "The Graveyard Shift" eighty years after the film was released.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The concept in popular culture that sunlight is lethal to vampires is based on this film, which depicted such a death for the very first time in film history. F.W. Murnau knew that he would be sued for borrowing heavily from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel "Dracula" without permission, so he changed the ending in order that he could say that this film and "Dracula" were not exactly the same.
The character of Nosferatu is only seen on screen for a bit less than 9 minutes in total throughout the whole film.

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