Thursday, 5 July 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 189: Sat July 7

Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922): Spitalfields Market, 9pm FREE
This film screens as part of the East End Film Festival, which runs from July 3rd to the 8th. More details on the Festival here. Here is their introduction to tonight's screening:

East End Film Festival present the World Premiere of A Symphony of Horror, a unique collaboration between soundscapers Minima, Paul Ayres’ Queldryk Choral Ensemble and Hackney based spatial artist Lucy Jones to create a re-imagined film score and performance on the 90th anniversary of the classic 1922 film.
Enter the fully immersive eerie and unsettling world of Nosferatu where the very walls of Spitalfields Market will be alive with creeping shadows and silhouettes, and reverberating with the soaring tones of the Queldryk Choral Ensemble, featuring 60 choristers, accompanied by the festivals favourite soundtrackers, Minima.
Nosferatu is the world’s first great horror movie and one of the pinnacles of the German silent era of filmmaking. Made by the German expressionist FW Murnau, the film has the genuine power to be creepy, odd, alluring, mythic, and beautiful by way of disturbing and enduring images. Max Shreck, in his most notorious role as the monstrous Count Orlock, is a vampire who comes out at night to tempt the living and of course, to suck their blood.
Bring your own cushions and blankets or get down early to claim your seat. This will definitely be a festival highlight and one not to be missed. Film Starts at Sundown… 

Chicago Reader review of the film:
'A masterpiece of the German silent cinema and easily the most effective version ofDracula on record. F.W. Murnau's 1922 film follows the Bram Stoker novel fairly closely, although he neglected to purchase the screen rights—hence, the title change. But the key elements are all Murnau's own: the eerie intrusions of expressionist style on natural settings, the strong sexual subtext, and the daring use of fast-motion and negative photography.' Dave Kehr
Here is an extract.

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