F.W. Murnau’s sublime 1922 classic Nosferatu gets a 21st-century makeover from electronica outfit Del Rey and the Sun Kings, who supply an inventive new soundtrack for the silent horror sensation. With musical nods to influences Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh, Rachel Portman and Thomas Newman, the score is Del Rey’s follow-up to their successful reworking of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterwork Battleship Potemkin.
To this day German filmmaker F. W. Murnau remains one of the most influential directors of cinema. After studying art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg, he became a student of director Max Reinhardt until serving in World War I as a combat pilot. During a flight, he accidentally strayed into Switzerland and stayed there till the war’s end. He made his directorial debut in 1919 back in Germany; although he made several films over the next three years, most of them have been lost. Murnau first gained international renown with Nosferatu the Vampire in 1922. Unlike others, Murnau filmed this still chilling masterpiece on location. His next film, The Last Laugh (1924), utilized unique camera techniques that later became the basis for mise-en-scene. He continued making German films, notable for their pessimism and pervading sense of doom, until he moved to Hollywood in 1926 to work for Fox studios. His first American film, Sunrise: A Story of Two Humans (1927), is considered… read more