The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
The Haunted Castle
One of Murnau’s earliest surviving features suggestively hints at the director’s dark, gothic sensibility. Set in the fictitious Castle Vogelöd, this chamber drama is rich with Freudian psychology, the ghostly traumas of war, and features a stunning dream sequence brought vividly to life by set designer Hermann Warm (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). Sharing its English-language title with one of the earliest entries in the horror genre by Georges Méliès, it remains “one of the most beautiful pictures Murnau ever created” (Lotte Eisner).
Also screening on Wed 23 November
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) – Wed 9 Nov, 7pm
The Last Laugh (1924) – Wed 9 Nov, 8.50pm
Nosferatu (1922) – Wed 16 Nov, 7pm
Faust (1926) – Wed 16 Nov, 8.25pm
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) – Wed 23 Nov, 7pm
The Haunted Castle (1921) – Wed 23 Nov, 8.35pm
The Grand Duke's Finances (1924) – Wed 23 Nov, 9.45pm
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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