An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
continues to haunt — and, indeed, terrify — modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set-pieces and innocuous real-world locations alike, Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and launched the signature "Murnau-style" that would change cinema history forever.
In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula
, a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok — portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology — who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land... and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count's campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival — that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all in this film that's like a blackout...
Remade by Werner Herzog in 1979 (and inspiring films as diverse as Abel Ferrara's King of New York
and The Addiction
, and E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire
), F. W. Murnau's surreal 1922 cine-fable remains the original and landmark entry in the entire global tradition of "the horror film". The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present, at long last, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
in its definitive restoration, complete with original intertitles and accompanied by the score that played with the film at the time of its initial release.
SPECIAL BLU-RAY, DVD, AND DUAL FORMAT STEELBOOK EDITIONS
• Brand new 1080p high-definition restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
• Stereo and 5.1 scores
• Two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens
• The Language of Shadows
, a 53-minute documentary on Murnau’s early years and the filming of Nosferatu
• New video interview with BFI Film Classics: Nosferatu
author Kevin Jackson
• Exclusive video piece taped by and featuring filmmaker Abel Ferrara
• Newly translated optional English subtitles with original German intertitles
• 56-PAGE BOOKLET featuring writing by Gilberto Perez, Albin Grau, Enno Patalas, and Craig Keller; notes on the restoration; and rare archival imagery