Nosferatu - A vampire film
November 22, 2016 4:42am CST
Has anyone seen the first vampire film? It is the 1922 silent film called 'Nosferatu'. It is basically the Dracula story but in a silent film version which I think makes it far more disturbing. The film was a German production and featured actor Max Schreck as the Count. They couldn't use the title Dracula because of copyright issues as the novel was still only 20 or so years old. If you ever get a chance to see this film watch it...it is creepy and comical at the same time and worth a watch.
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It is a great movie, sentenced to be destroyed in 1925 after a trial started by the widow of Bram Stoker, but fortunately the judgement has not been enforced. I give a link to an English version on Youtube, for those who have not seen it yet.
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It is creepy and, at least to our jaded eyes, amusing. Stoker was deceased by the time the movie came out, but his widow sued for copyright infringement. As @topffer points out, as part of the suit, every copy of the film was to be destroyed. Apparently, as least one copy survived.