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Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Nosferatu at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,
Genre: Horror
Director: F.W. Murnau
Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Georg H. Schnell
Rated: NR

World Cinema closes its month of Halloweeniana with F.W. Murnau’s classic Nosferatu, a film I have reviewed three times in these pages. My favorite is probably: “F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) is the stuff legends and nightmares and lawsuits are made of. In many ways, it’s the movies’ first true horror picture, and it is the first real vampire movie. So otherworldly and creepy is its vampire, Count Orlock (Max Schreck), that rumors persist that he was a real vampire. Indeed, that’s the central premise behind E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire (2000), with Willem Dafoe as Schreck. The film’s lingering impact caused Werner Herzog to create a reimagining of it in 1979 as Nosferatu the Vampyre. Tobe Hooper reinvented the character of the vampire from Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot to fit the Schreck characterization in his 1979 TV film of the novel. The über-villain of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) played by Christopher Walken is named ‘Max Schreck.’” The rest is here: But you can also have:

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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