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Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau


The mysterious Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen. But Orlok is also the vampire Nosferatu, and when Hutter struggles to escape the castle, he knows that Ellen is in grave danger

Режија / Director
F. W. Murnau

Сценарио / Screenplay
Henrik Galeen

По роману / Based on the novel by
Bram Stoker

Директор фотографије / Director of Photography
Fritz Arno Wagner

Продуценти / Producers
Enrico Dieckmann
Albin Grau

Улоге / Cast
Max Schreck
Gustav von Wangenheim
Greta Schröder
Alexander Granach
Ruth Landshoff
Wolfgang Heinz

Трајање / Duration

Немачка 1922 / Germany 1922

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Director's Biography
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
F. W. Murnau (1888–1931) was the major figure to emerge from the German Expressionist movement, together with Fritz Lang. After studying at the University of Heidelberg, he became a protégé of Max Reinhardt in Berlin. During the First World War he served as a Luftwaffe pilot and made propaganda films. After the war, Murnau started his career as a film director in Berlin. He began his collaboration with the screenwriter Carl Mayer, founder and chief film practitioner of the Kammerspiel format. They went on to make six films together. Nosferatu (1922) brought him international acclaim and is still considered as the most effective of many film adaptations of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Early successes secured him a contract with UFA, a major German film production company. In this period he directed The Last Laugh (1924) one of the historically most innovative and influential films in terms of scriptwriting, camera movement, production design and acting. Murnau was to leave Germany for a Hollywood career after completing two final productions for UFA, Tartuffe (1925) and Faust (1926). Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) won three Oscars at the first-ever Academy Awards ceremony. The following films brought disputes with studio executives as the emergence of sound film changed the mode of production. Murnau resisted the addition of sound sequences to City Girl (1930) and eventually walked away from production. His ultimate film, Tabu (1931), was produced outside the major studio and filmed in the island of Bora Bora with the cast composed of people and in collaboration with Robert Flaherty. Besides his revolutionary influence in the silent-film era, Murnau’s legacy includes shaping the horror film genre with Nosferatu, a film that is now a hundred years old.