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Directed by: F. W. Murnau
Produced by: Enrico Dieckmann, Albin Grau
Screenplay by: Henrik Galeen
Based on: Dracula by, Bram Stoker
Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Ruth Landshoff, Wolfgang Heinz
Music by: Hans Erdmann
Cinematography: Fritz Arno Wagner, Günther Krampf
Distributed by: Film Arts Guild
Release dates: 4 March 1922 (Germany)
Running time: 94 minutes
Country: Weimar Republic
Language: Silent film, German and English intertitles

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; or simply Nosferatu) is a 1922 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, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to 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. As of 2015, it is Rotten Tomatoes’ third best-reviewed horror film of all time. (Wikipedia)

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