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Nosferatu (PG) with live musical accompaniment

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Nosferatu (PG) with live musical accompaniment

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  • Director F W Murnau
  • Origin Germany
  • Year 1922
  • Duration 81 minutes

One of the classics of silent cinema, genre cinema and, indeed, cinema full stop, Nosferatu is FW Murnau’s legendary vampire tale. This film marked the first appearance on screen of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and remains arguably the eeriest and most magical of the many film versions of this famous supernatural tale.

Murnau’s use of real locations instead of stylized studio sets to create atmosphere, his deployment of special effects such as negative exposure and fast-speed motion to suggest a ghostly ride, and his casting of Max Schreck as the gaunt, spectral figure of Dracula make this one of the director’s most formally innovative works. The magnetic performance by Max Schreck elevates the tale above the familiarity of the story and keeps the film relevant nearly 100 years after its first showing. 

Paul Robinson’s beguiling score is performed by the three piece HarmonieBand (piano, clarinet, and viola), featuring a delightful mixture of styles underpinned by cabaret sounds, American Minimalism and nods to the work of Kurt Weil.

Tickets: £15, £13 Concession & £11 QUAD Members
 
Part of our Break the Silence: Silent Cinema season.