I know what you're thinking. Many believe that Dracula
is the original Twilight
movie, and while the novel Bram Stoker's Dracula
was indeed written a full 25 years before Nosferatu
took silent cinema by storm, the iconic Dracula film by Tod Browning was released nine years after Nosferatu. Making Edward Cullen's
cinematic progenitor one: Nosferatu.
The 1922 F.W. Murnau masterpiece borrows quite liberally from the Dracula story, some might say it's nearly an exact copy. It has the requisite beautiful innocent girl, Ellen, her naive intrepid fiancé, Thomas, who travels from the fictitious city of Wisborg to Transylvania to assist the mysterious Count Orlock in purchasing real estate...very near to Thomas's own home. Count Orlock is not the sleek mysterious vampire made famous in Dracula, nor is he a tortured young soul that glitters in the sunlight like popular vampires of today. Count Orlock
in an odd tall man with large bat-like ears and long gnarled fingers, but his appearance doesn't keep him from traveling to Wisborg and wreaking his own strange havoc on those close to Thomas. The ending is a definite deviation from the Dracula source material, so fans will have a surprise in store.
While silent films may not appeal to everyone, Nosferatu is undeniably a classic and the images are accompanied by a delightful score composed by Hans Erdmann. It runs a very palatable 1 hour and 19 minutes, and the best part is that it is available for download
through Overdrive's eVideo collection!
--Corrie, Sachs Branch