June 3, 1929: Nosferatu released in US cinemas

“A thrilling mystery masterpiece – a chilling psycho-drama of blood-lust.”

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. [IMDB]

Cinema-US-06-03-1929Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; or simply Nosferatu) is a German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Various names and other details were changed from the novel: for instance, “vampire” became “Nosferatu” and “Count Dracula” became “Count Orlok”.

Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.

The film was released in the United States seven years after its original premiere in Germany, where it instantly became a hit. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the TheNosferatuMysteria YouTube Channel.

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