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Nosferatu 1922 Opening Scene Critique Essay

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Nosferatu (1922), directed by F. W. Murnau and also known as the first big screen version of Stocker’s “Dracula”, is considered a cinematic masterpiece. In this silent movie, Hutter, a real estate employee, is assigned by his boss to visit Count Orlock (the vampire) who shows interest in a residence, and in Hutter’s wife, Ellen. The mise-en-scene and Murnau’s style of expressionism in this movie makes it one of the most “naturalistically-creepy” movie. The connotations quoting Cavallius in the beginning, however, give a sence of alarm/danger (“blood”, “plague”, “terrible epidemic”). But then again, the music in this first scene doesn’t give off th...

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