Published on Jan 18, 2014
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (or simply Nosferatu) is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok.
The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" and "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok"). Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.
Directed by F. W. Murnau
Produced by Enrico Dieckmann
Screenplay by Henrik Galeen
Based on Dracula by Bram Stoker
Gustav von Wangenheim
Music by Hans Erdmann
Cinematography - Fritz Arno Wagner
Distributed by Film Arts Guild
Release date - 4 March 1922 (Germany)
Creative Commons license: Public Domain.