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21 November 2022
(United Kingdom)

Nosferatu (1922): 100th Anniversary Screening
Neil Brand, piano - St George's

Program Info:
Neil Brand - Nosferatu

Nosferatu is part of Bristol Ideas’ 2022 series Modernism1922 which explores the worlds of film, literature, music, politics and more 100 years ago. It is run as a tribute to Kevin Jackson. His book, Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism and All That Jazz, tells the story of that remarkable year.

F W Murnau Director

Max Schreck
Gustav von Wangenheim
Greta Schröder

To mark its 100th anniversary, this very special screening of the recently fully restored version of F W Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922), one of the most iconic films of the German expressionist era, let alone cinema itself, will showcase the way this incredible film is meant to be shown: on the big screen with live musical accompaniment.

Featuring some of the most iconic images in cinema history, Murnau’s Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror) continues to haunt and terrify modern audiences with its unshakable power of gothic imagery and blood curdling suspense.

In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok (portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology) who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land… and establish his ambiguous dominion.

With live piano accompaniment by composer, writer and broadcaster Neil Brand and a special introduction and Q&A by author and film historian Sir Christopher Frayling as well as the newly restored version by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, Wiesbaden.

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