Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror 1922
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.

The story is likely familiar to anyone who has seen any of the many Stoker adaptations: young real estate agent Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) is sent to a distant land to aid the bizarre Count Orlock (Schreck) in acquiring British property. Failing to heed local folk tales about the scary Nosferatu, Hutter goes to Orlock's castle and is soon trapped in the Count's nocturnal world...

Murnau has created a rarefied world where nothing is as it seems and the scent of fear inches across every frame. He also employed clever and surprisingly convincing special effects to make Count Orlock a creature who is not bound by spatial relationships or time restrictions. Playing with film speeds, double exposure, and other early effects tricks, Murnau practically splits the screen in half, showing us the realm of the undead on one side and the more grounded reality on the other.

Director: F.W. Murnau
Cast: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim
Country: Germany
Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922) Blu-Ray BFI
BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:28:32 | 29 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English intertitles
Subtitles: none

• Christopher Frayling on Nosferatu (Lynne Wake, 2002, 24 mins): a video essay on Murnau and the production of Nosferatu (24:08)
• Le Vampire (Jean Painleve, 1945, 9 mins): Painleve's study of the South American vampire bat, an allegory of the Nazism (8:27)
• The Mistletoe Bough (Percy Stow, 1904, 5 mins): the oldest film version of a classic Christmas ghost story recently restored by the BFI, featuring a new score by Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs (8:20)
• Stills Gallery, featuring some of Albin Grau's original production drawings.(2:24)

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922) Blu-Ray Eureka - Masters of Cinema
BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:35:11 | 39.2 Gb + 3% rec
Language: German intertitles
Subtitles: English


• Audio Commentary - in this brand new audio commentary, film historian David Kalat discusses Nosferatu's fascinating history, different aesthetics observed in the film and its unique themes, some popular vampire myths, etc. The commentary was recorded in 2013.

• Audio Commentary - this audio commentary with film historian R. Dixon Smith and critic and author Brad Stevens initially appeared on The Masters of Cinema R2 DVD release of Nosferatu. It was recorded in 2007.

• Abel Ferrara - in this video piece, American filmmaker Abel Ferrara (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant) discusses Nosferatu and its significance. Mr. Ferrara also points out some of the stylistic similarities between Nosferatu and his film The Addiction. The piece was recorded for The Masters of Cinema Series in 2007. In English, not subtitled. (13 min).

• Kevin Jackson - in this video interview, BFI Film Classics author Kevin Jackson discusses Murnau's relationship with his producer, Albin Grau, the German director's personal life and some of the popular myths about his directing methods, the production history of Nosferatu, etc. The interview was recorded in 2013. In English, not subtitled. (20 min).

• The Language of Shadows - an excellent documentary film by Luciano Berriatua focusing on Murnau's early years and the production history of Nosferatu. Included in the film are clips from interviews with Eva Diekmann, niece of Murnau, Ellen Luckow, daughter of Robert Herith, and Wolfgang Kistermann, expert on occultism, amongst others. The film was produced in 2007. In German, with optional English subtitles. (53 min).

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922) 2xDVD Eureka - Masters of Cinema
DVD9+DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:34:37 | 6.15 Gb + 3.26 Gb + 3% rec
Language: German intertitles
Subtitles: English

• Commentary track by Silent film historian and bookseller R. Dixon Smith with freelance film critic Brad Stevens.
• The Language of Shadows — a 53-minute German documentary by Luciano Berriatua about Murnau and the making of Nosferatu complete with fascinating footage of the film’s locations today.
• Restoration demonstration

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