Friday, July 31, 2015

Silent Horror: Nosferatu (1922)

F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu is probably the most well known silent horror movie in this day and age, probably one the most famous and consistently watched silent films, ever, no matter the genre (which almost didn't happen as the widow of Bram Stoker almost succeeded in getting the film destroyed altogether). Of course, at the time of it's release, it was recognized as being a part of the German Expressionist movement, of which film was only a part.  It like, "Les Vampires" seven years before it, utilizes tinted still frames for emotional emphasis.  I first saw this when I was a kid in black and white and was completely blown away when I first saw a fully restored copy as an adult as a result of the tinting.  Makes that carriage ride 10 times more terrifying!!

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