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  Max Schreck.
Photograph: courtesy Kino Lorber.
eine Symphonie des Grauens

(Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror)
Also known as Die zwoelfte Stunde: Eine Nacht des Grauens in Germany; Dracula in the United Kingdom; Nosferatu and Nosferatu, the Vampire in the USA : [Nosferatu, the Vampyre], [The Terror of Dracula]
(1922) Germany
B&W : [?] Seven? reels / 1967 metres
Directed by F.W. Murnau

Cast: Max Schreck [Graf Orlok (Count Orlok)], Gustav von Wangenheim [Hutter, Knocks angestellter (Knock’s agent)], Greta Schröder [Ellen Hutter], Alexander Granach [Häusermakler Knock (Knock, the real estate broker)], John Gottowt [Professor Bulwer], Gustav Botz [Gemeindearzt Doktor Sievers (the town Doctor Sievers)], Georg Heinrich Schnell [Reeder Harding / Westrenka], Ruth Landshoff [Ruth Harding / Lucy Westrenka], Max Nemetz [kapitän (the ship captain)], Wolfgang Heinz [Maat], Albert Venohr [Matrose], Guido Herzfeld [Gastwirt], Karl Etlinger [1. seemann (first sailor)], Heinrich Witte [2. seemann (second sailor)], Hardy von François [arzt im krankenhaus (the doctor in the hospital)], Gustav v. Wangenheim (Gustav von Wangenheim), [?] Fritz Rasp? [a clerk in Knock’s office]

Prana-Film Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung production; distributed by Excelsior-Film. / Produced by Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau. Scenario by Henrik Galeen, from the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Production design by Albin Grau. Costume design by Albin Grau. Cinematography by Fritz Arno Wagner. Camera operator, Günther Krampf. Assistant cameraman, Günther Krampf. Music score by Hans Erdmann. / Premiered 3 March 1922 at Primus-Palast, in Berlin, Germany. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The second film adaptation of the Stoker novel; the novel was previously filmed as Drakula halála (1921). The production was shot from August through October 1921. The film was banned by the British Board of Film Censors in 1922. The film was released in the USA as Nosferatu, the Vampire by Film Arts Guild in early June 1929. The film was rereleased in 1930 in German sound version, with synchronized music and sound effects as Die zwoelfte Stunde: Eine Nacht des Grauens.

Drama: Horror.

Survival status: Prints exist [35mm positive]; and in private film collection [16mm reduction positives (Blackhawk Films version)].

Current rights holder: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung [Germany]; Public domain [USA].

Keywords: Animals: Rats - Death - Fear - Sailing ships - Superstitions - Vampires

Listing updated: 18 May 2023.

References: Film viewing : Aylesworth-Monsters pp. 95-97, 98, 149; Aylesworth-Movie pp. 43, 76; Bardèche-History pp. 190, 195, 252; Bohn-Light pp. xxiii, 126, 127, 159; Everson-American pp. 326, 329; Gallagher-Ford p. 54; Hirschhorn-Universal p. 72; Kael-Kiss pp. 319, 357, 365; Lahue-Collecting p. 35; Limbacher-Feature p. 175; Lloyd-Seventy pp. 33, 34; Manchel-Terrors pp. 26-28, 29, 37-38; Marrero-Vintage pp. 15, 18, 25, 30, 159; McCaffrey-Guide p. 12; McGhee-Wayne p. 108; Robertson-British p. 186; Shipman-Cinema p. 75; Sinyard-Silent p. 161; Steinbrunner-Encyclopedia p. 129; Vermilye-Twenties p. 179 : Website-Filmportal; Website-IMDb.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc, DVD.

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