…Orlok’s shadow, though visible on the outside of Ellen’s clothing, is apparently both present and substantial under her skin, and has taken hold of her heart. We have to conceive of the phantom limb being both solid enough to grasp the organ, and yet intangible enough to easily penetrate solid flesh, like a ghost passing through a wall. Nothing like this had ever been shown in a film, and not a word of explanation is given. But we understand.
October 31, 2016