Wonder how it felt, then, when images were so rare. This is still so powerfull now, 93 years later, when there is no one alive to tell us how it was to be on set (is there?). Editing, lighting, all those things are so much easier now. And this is so brilliantly done here.
The movie derserves five stars. It is still impressive in aspects like composition of sequences, development of storytelling or use of camera and light. But I couldn’t stand the boring and naïve synthesizer score of this version: It is not the reconstructed Hans Erdmann score which is listed in the end credits (maybe due to copyright reasons). So it might be better to turn the sound off.
Very atmospheric and dream like. Definitely deserves the cult status and to be a such an iconic piece of cinema history.
I think Roman Polanski drew lots of inspiration from this when he shot "The Fearless Vampire Killers", especially from the first three acts.
Perhaps cinema's greatest example of Gothic horror, NOSFERATU, the first screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's DRACULA, remains one of the most potent screen versions of the classic vampire tale. Masterfully directed by F.W. Murnau, the film features striking use of light and shadow, creating a powerful and evocative atmosphere of dread. Count Orlock is quite possibly cinema's most frightening vampire.