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04.20.2014 | | Posted at 08:49 AM

Werner Herzog's Nosferatu

By David Luhrssen
  A cemetery could be filled with the ever-lengthening list of vampire movies, yet none have ever been as startling as German director F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent, Nosferatu. After 90 years, the film remains uncanny and unnerving. With his pointy ears and spindly fingers, Murnau’s aristocratic vampire, standing in for Count Dracula, is more extraterrestrial than an unde...
01.22.2014 | | Posted at 09:49 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Sunrise is a film that aspires to poetry, not prose. While German director F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu) made the movie in Hollywood with an American cast, Sunrise owes more to European filmmaking of the silent era. However, it's not, strictly speaking, a silent film: no one speaks, the story is told visually, and yet the silence is accompanied by a musical soundtrack and pun...
11.10.2013 | | Posted at 02:54 PM

Classic of German Horror on Blu-ray

By David Luhrssen
  Lots of horror movies have been made since Nosferatu (1922), many of them starring vampires, yet few (if any) have the uncanny power of director F.W. Murnau’s classic. The new two-Blu-ray disc reissue restores missing shots; visual deterioration has been cleaned up and an orchestral performance of the original score constitutes the soundtrack. But it must be said: ...