NOSFERATU - Anything But Silent With Organ Accompaniment by BEN MODEL



Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Wed, Oct 24, 2018 7:30 PM


Anything But Silent With Organ Accompaniment by BEN MODEL

Eine Symphonie des Rrauns (Symphony of Horror)

Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm | Members $11 | Public $16

Join us for this special Halloween screening of F.W. Murnau’s legendary classic horror film, a brilliant but unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

One of the greatest of all horror films, and one of the key works of German Expressionist cinema, F.W. Murnau’s silent-era vampire classic was the first screen version of Bram Stoker’s oft-adapted Dracula. This terrifying tale begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter has arrived to close a sale with the reclusive Herr Orlok. Despite the feverish warnings of the local peasants, Hutter journeys to Orlok's sinister castle where he discovers that Orlok is no ordinary mortal. Max Schreck is astonishingly creepy as the vampire, and Murnau's frames ooze eerie atmosphere in this hugely influential tale. Originally released in 1922, the story was a natural for the surreal, haunting world of Expressionism and its themes of death and madness, shadow and light. Murnau combines expressive camera angles, lighting, editing, composition, and trick effects with an extraordinary naturalism to create an utterly convincing “symphony of horror” (the film’s original subtitle). (Germany, 1921, 119 min., NR, English intertitles, DCP | Dir. F.W. Murnau)

Ben Model is one of America’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silent films at the New York MoMA since 1984, and the CAC since 2006.