May 24, 2008

Murnau: the Greatest German

"Nosferatu! Doesn't the name sound like the very midnight call of Death? Speak it not aloud, or life's pictures will turn to pale shadows, and nightmares will rise up to feed on your blood."

Murnau's "Nosferatu" is one of the scariest movies I've ever seen... pretty good for no sound, except for a totally sexy score. From the moment Count Orlock looks at a picture of Hutter's wife and comments (his words etched in a thrilling font, cozied quaintly within a white box): "Your wife has a beautiful neck," I was hooked... or should I say 'snake-bit.' I was literally sitting on the edge of the couch, with clenched fists on either side of my chin. No lie.

The night after I watched the film I had a dream that I was a vampire, with leathery bat wings, claw to claw with another vampire, fighting for my life. And, I can't say I remember perfectly accurately, but I'd swear I dreamed in black and white.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, you dreamed about being a vampire the night before as well, and that only because you had spent the whole day whittling vampire figures on chair legs.

May 27, 2008 at 8:06 AM 

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