History Film / Nosferatu

19th Jun '16 8:16:45 AM Mdumas43073
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''Nosferatu'' (rarely used full title: ''Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens''[[note]]English: ''Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror''[[/note]]) is the first known [[VampireFiction vampire movie]], released in 1922. Director Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau cast [[http://eric.b.olsen.tripod.com/schreck.html Max Schreck]] as Count Orlok, with the veteran [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] character actor [[LooksLikeOrlok wearing a costume that left him bald, with huge pointed ears and long sharp fangs]]... In short, one of the most frightening characters in film history. This movie is also notable for influencing the cinematic depiction of the idea that [[WeakenedByTheLight vampires can be killed by sunlight]].

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''Nosferatu'' (rarely used full title: ''Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens''[[note]]English: ''Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror''[[/note]]) is a German silent horror film and the first known [[VampireFiction vampire movie]], released in 1922. Director Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau cast [[http://eric.b.olsen.tripod.com/schreck.html Max Schreck]] as Count Orlok, with the veteran [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] character actor [[LooksLikeOrlok wearing a costume that left him bald, with huge pointed ears and long sharp fangs]]... In short, one of the most frightening characters in film history. This movie is also notable for influencing the cinematic depiction of the idea that [[WeakenedByTheLight vampires can be killed by sunlight]].
19th Jun '16 8:12:41 AM Mdumas43073
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''Nosferatu'' (rarely used full title: ''Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens''[[note]]English: ''Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror''[[/note]]) is the first known "vampire" movie, released in 1922. Director Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau cast [[http://eric.b.olsen.tripod.com/schreck.html Max Schreck]] as Count Orlok, with the veteran [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] character actor [[LooksLikeOrlok wearing a costume that left him bald, with huge pointed ears and long sharp fangs]]... In short, one of the most frightening characters in film history. This movie is also notable for influencing the cinematic depiction of the idea that [[WeakenedByTheLight vampires can be killed by sunlight]].

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''Nosferatu'' (rarely used full title: ''Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens''[[note]]English: ''Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror''[[/note]]) is the first known "vampire" movie, [[VampireFiction vampire movie]], released in 1922. Director Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau cast [[http://eric.b.olsen.tripod.com/schreck.html Max Schreck]] as Count Orlok, with the veteran [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] character actor [[LooksLikeOrlok wearing a costume that left him bald, with huge pointed ears and long sharp fangs]]... In short, one of the most frightening characters in film history. This movie is also notable for influencing the cinematic depiction of the idea that [[WeakenedByTheLight vampires can be killed by sunlight]].
19th Jun '16 8:11:33 AM Mdumas43073
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''Nosferatu'' (rarely used full title: ''Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror'') is the first known "vampire" movie, released in 1922. Director Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau cast [[http://eric.b.olsen.tripod.com/schreck.html Max Schreck]] as Count Orlok, with the veteran [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] character actor [[LooksLikeOrlok wearing a costume that left him bald, with huge pointed ears and long sharp fangs]]... In short, one of the most frightening characters in film history. This movie is also notable for influencing the cinematic depiction of the idea that [[WeakenedByTheLight vampires can be killed by sunlight]].

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''Nosferatu'' (rarely used full title: ''Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens''[[note]]English: ''Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror'') Horror''[[/note]]) is the first known "vampire" movie, released in 1922. Director Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau cast [[http://eric.b.olsen.tripod.com/schreck.html Max Schreck]] as Count Orlok, with the veteran [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] character actor [[LooksLikeOrlok wearing a costume that left him bald, with huge pointed ears and long sharp fangs]]... In short, one of the most frightening characters in film history. This movie is also notable for influencing the cinematic depiction of the idea that [[WeakenedByTheLight vampires can be killed by sunlight]].
1st May '16 4:25:27 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ShoutOut: The song "Nosferatu" by Music/BlueOysterCult from their album ''Music/{{Spectres}}'' is a WholePlotReference.
1st May '16 4:20:00 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AdaptationDistillation: Despite the fact that [[SerialNumbersFiledOff all the names have been changed]] and the plot's been simplified, this is probably the best ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' adaptation out there.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Despite the fact that [[SerialNumbersFiledOff all the names have been changed]] and the plot's been simplified, this is probably the best ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' adaptation out there.not being an official adaptation, it's a greatly simplified version of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.
19th Apr '16 10:05:40 PM Pichu-kun
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The etymology of the word "nosferatu" is unclear. This movie isn't the first to use it (Stoker's novel referenced it first), but the usual origin (the [[UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} Romanian]] word for "vampire") is false.
** The two most probable etymologies are a corruption of the Romanian "Necuratu," meaning "unclean spirit," or [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] "Nosophoros," meaning "bringer of plague."

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The etymology of the word "nosferatu" is unclear. This movie isn't the first to use it (Stoker's novel referenced it first), but the usual origin (the [[UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} Romanian]] word for "vampire") is false.
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false. The two most probable etymologies are a corruption of the Romanian "Necuratu," meaning "unclean spirit," or [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] "Nosophoros," meaning "bringer of plague."



* DemotedToExtra: The film's equivalents of Van Helsing, Holmwood, and Seward only appear in scenes that do not relate to the overall plot, and they never learn that Orlok is a vampire. But they're better off than Quincy and Lucy, who [[AdaptedOut don't have counterparts at all.]]
** Annie is often viewed as Lucy's counterpart. One English copy of the film even calls her as such.

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* DemotedToExtra: The film's equivalents of Van Helsing, Holmwood, and Seward only appear in scenes that do not relate to the overall plot, and they never learn that Orlok is a vampire. But they're better off than Quincy and Lucy, who [[AdaptedOut don't have counterparts at all.]]
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]] Annie is often viewed as Lucy's counterpart.counterpar though. One English copy of the film even calls her as such.



* OnlyThePureOfHeart: Only an innocent young woman's willing sacrifice of her blood to distract the vampire from the coming dawn can destroy him.

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* OnlyThePureOfHeart: OnlyThePureOfHeart:
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Only an innocent young woman's willing sacrifice of her blood to distract the vampire from the coming dawn can destroy him.



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Count Orlok is shown loading his coffins onto a horse-drawn wagon by himself (whereas Count Dracula had hired gypsies doing this in the book and [[Film/BramStokersDracula the 1992 film]]). He's even shown carrying his coffin to his new home later on.
** Of course, the absence of any noticeable servants at his residence should be some cause for concern on Hutter's part, if the innkeeper's warnings and the [[LooksLikeOrlok Count's]] [[ObviouslyEvil appearance]] hadn't already been.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Count Orlok is shown loading his coffins onto a horse-drawn wagon by himself (whereas Count Dracula had hired gypsies doing this in the book and [[Film/BramStokersDracula the 1992 film]]). He's even shown carrying his coffin to his new home later on.
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on. Of course, the absence of any noticeable servants at his residence should be some cause for concern on Hutter's part, if the innkeeper's warnings and the [[LooksLikeOrlok Count's]] [[ObviouslyEvil appearance]] hadn't already been.
19th Apr '16 2:03:09 AM gallium
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* HollywoodDarkness: All the exterior night scenes, with little more than a bluish tint to suggest darkness.



* StopMotion: Used in a deliberately crude manner for scenes of Orlok's carriage ride and other shots in which Orlok is moving around. This results in a creepy, unnatural effect befitting a ghastly monster.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Shortly after arriving at Orlok's castle, Hutter writes a letter to his wife, in which he complains about the mosquitoes, pointing out two bug bites close together on his neck. This implies that Orlok sucked his blood while he was asleep, but this doesn't really go anywhere.
15th Apr '16 10:20:55 AM arpathacorrin
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** Annie is often viewed as Lucy's counterpart. One English copy of the film even calls her as such.
14th Apr '16 6:43:49 PM Mdumas43073
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It didn't work. The film company that produced ''Nosferatu'' was forced to declare bankruptcy to avoid paying Bram Stoker's estate for copyright infringement. All copies of this film were supposed to [[DisproportionateRetribution be destroyed]] because of the infringement, but a KeepCirculatingTheTapes mentality among fans of the film kept it from being [[MissingEpisode lost.]] ([[DigitalPiracyIsEvil Pre-digital movie piracy?]] It's OlderThanYouThink.) We, too, can see the greatness of Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau's vision.

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It didn't work. The film company that produced ''Nosferatu'' was forced to declare bankruptcy to avoid paying Bram Stoker's estate for copyright infringement. All copies of this film were supposed to [[DisproportionateRetribution be destroyed]] because of the infringement, but a KeepCirculatingTheTapes mentality among fans of the film kept it from being [[MissingEpisode lost.]] ([[DigitalPiracyIsEvil Pre-digital movie piracy?]] It's OlderThanYouThink.) We, too, can see the greatness of Creator/FriedrichWilhelmMurnau's Murnau's vision.
18th Mar '16 8:32:17 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted. While Dracula wasn't all that attractive in the original novel, Orlok looks like the plague-bearing monster that he is.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted. While Dracula wasn't all that attractive in the original novel, Orlok he at least looked relatively normal. Orlok, on the other hand, looks like the plague-bearing monster that he really is.
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