- 94 min
- Directed by: F W Murnau
- Cast: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Ruth Landshoff, Wolfgang Heinz
- Language: Silent film, German intertitles
Schreck is a truly terrifying figure as Bram Stoker's famous vampire, looking more like a skinned bat than a human being. A wonderfully visual movie, with twisted shadows and sexual undercurrents placing it well above the Kinski/Herzog remake.
The Brunton, Musselburgh (0.0 miles)
Fri 24 Feb
This gig is for a seated audience
Nosferatu (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens)
Directed by F. W. Murnau
Germany, 1922, b/w, silent, 93 min.
With Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Greta Schröder
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. 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 .
HarmonieBand has made appearances at many UK film festivals and Art Centres. The ensemble has also travelled widely in Europe and including visits to the Dresden Musikfestpiele, the Giornate Del Cinema Muto in Italy and three tours of the Brabant, the last of which featured Paul Robinson’s score to Cocteau’s Le Sang d’un Poète. In 2007, the ensemble was invited to appear alongside the Hilliard Ensemble to present Paul Robinson’s score to Carl Dreyer’s ‘La Passione de Jeanne D’Arc’ in the Opera House in Wroclaw. The performance was recorded and broadcast by Polish television. In July 2013 they were hosted by the Surrey University conference ‘Hollywood’s Musical Contemporaries and Competitors in the Early Sound Film Era’ where they performed to Carl Dreyer’s ‘Vampyr’. In October 2014 they presented ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ at the Barbican as part of the City Visions series. Most recently they completed a short tour of Wales and Bristol.
Adam Robinson is a freelance Violinist and Violist and Director of the Threads Orchestra. Dai Pritchard was a founder member of Django Bates ‘Loose Tubes’ and current member of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. He is currently touring with the Globe Theatre’s production of ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ to the US, China and Venice.
Adam Robinson: Viola
Dai Pritchard: Clarinets
Paul Robinson: Keyboards
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