Nosferatu (1922) F.W. Murnau
Nosferatu (1922) F.W. Murnau
Nosferatu (1922) F.W. Murnau

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


F.W. Murnau | Germany | 1922 | PG

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Wed 16 Nov 2022

Murnau’s “pirated” adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula vividly grasps the book’s essence: creating fear and terror through atmosphere, composition and performance style as much as through character and story. The twisted and overbearing settings, often shot on location, Fritz Arno Wagner’s eerie chiaroscuro lighting and the truly unsettling, spectral figure of Max Schreck’s vampire combine to produce the definitive screen version of Stoker’s seminal novel. Murnau’s extraordinary and deeply unsettling “symphony of horror” remains the vampire film to which all others must compare.

Format: DCP
Language: Silent with German and English Intertitles
Source: Murnau Stiftung
Runtime: 94 mins

Event duration

94 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

The Brink of Life: F.W. Murnau, Cinematic Visionary

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888–1931) was a perfectionist, an aesthete and, in many ways, a visionary, whose poetic, painterly, literate and highly cinematic sensibilities brought to the golden age of German cinema new concepts of film form based on a synthesis of all the elements then in vogue – from Caligari-like horrors to an expressionist use of actors’ bodies through to a rugged, sometimes optimistic naturalism (especially in his American period).

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