The recently released Shadow of the Vampire is a mischievous and highly entertaining speculation on the making of F W. Murnau’s classic vampire movie. Here is a chance to see the original Nosferatu in a beautifully restored print that includes the colour tints. The most poetic of horror films, Murnau’s eerie masterpiece combines expressionist imagery, location filming and purely cinematic devices to conjure up a dream world in which the extraordinary figure of the Count (played by the remarkable Max Schreck, who’s fitted with elongated fingers, pointed ears and a skeletal face to appear half human, half animal) represents a threat not only to bourgeois society but also to the marriage of the young Harker couple who are the prime target of his blood lust. A film of striking imagery and subtle undercurrents, Nosferatu deserves its status as a classic. It was based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but the title and character names had to changed when copyright clearance was refused.
Black and white, with colour tints.