DOES CLARITY make Gothic horror more horrible? Yes, it does. That’s why you’ll want to watch the infamous “Nosferatu” (1922) Kino Restored version, for this masterpiece of Gothic art. Otherwise, those toothy fangs will just make you laugh. See the comparisons between the Kino, the “Redux”, and the free online version, below.
Not only is the clarity worth the couple of bucks to stream “Nosferatu”, but the music, (including Verdi, Bizet, and Boito’s “Mefisofele”) is a much richer and elegiac pairing, than the Redux’s version with Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem, “Also sprach Zarathustra” booming in triumph as Count Orlak sees the sun and clutches his heart.
“Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens” directed by F.W. Murnau, was shot between August and October, 1921 and released in 1922. The film was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, “vampire” became “Nosferatu” and “Count Dracula” became “Count Orlok”). Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed.
However, lucky for all of us, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.
Did you know? (From pro.imdb.com.)
- The movie was banned in Sweden due to excessive horror. The ban was finally lifted in 1972
- Still, after 85 years, virtually all of the exteriors are left intact in the cities of Wismar and Lubeck.
- SPOILER: 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 so that he could say this film and Dracula were not exactly the same.
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