The Haunted Castle (1921) F.W. Murnau
The Haunted Castle (1921) F.W. Murnau
The Haunted Castle (1921) F.W. Murnau

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The Haunted Castle

F.W. Murnau | Germany | 1921 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 23 Nov 2022

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).

Format: DCP
Language: Silent with English Intertitles
Source: Murnau Stiftung
Runtime: 60 mins

Event duration

60 mins


Unclassified (15+)


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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