Directed by FW Murnau
Starring Max Schreck, Ruth Landshoff, Alexander Granach, G. H. Schnell, Greta Schroder-Matray, Gustav Von Wangenheim
2022 brings the centenary of the most influential horror film of all time. The turning point in the career of legendary director F.W. Murnau (Sunrise, The Last Laugh), the screen’s first, albeit unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula features Max Schreck’s unforgettable performance as the vampire Count Orlok, the most chilling portrayal of cadaverous evil in film history. Although a court order to destroy the film was successfully brought by Stoker’s widow, some copies escaped, and subsequently gave the 20th century some of its defining images of supernatural terror and dread. A towering masterpiece whose legacy is truly incalculable, Nosferatu remains as mesmerising – and haunting – as ever.
This screening will be presented with a live score by Frame Ensemble.
Formed in 2018 for a performance of Metropolis at Sheffield’s Abbeydale Picture House, Frame Ensemble has acquired a reputation for creating sophisticated and inventive improvised silent film soundtracks.
Frame Ensemble is: Liz Hanks (cello), Irine Røsnes (violin), Trevor Bartlett (percussion) and Jonny Best (piano).
Screening as part of In Dreams Are Monsters: A Season of Horror Films, a UK-wide film season supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. indreamsaremonsters.co.uk