(05/04/07) – Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, director F.W. Murnau’s chilling and eerie adaption of Stoker’s Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most memorable portrayal of the legend, although Herzog’s 1979 rendition is not to be dismissed. Curiously, back in 1928 the film was seen as an object of mild mockery by the London Film Society, which remarked that it "combined the ridiculous and the horrid".
According to Siegfried Kracauer, in his milestone analysis of German cinema, From Caligari to Hitler, A Psychological History of the German Film (1947), "The horrors Nosferatu spread are caused by a vampire identified with pestilence…if he was simply the embodiment of destructive nature, Nina’s interferences with his activities would be nothing more than magic, meaningless in this context".
Nosferatu is available to stream from Google Video.