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NOSFERATU

NOSFERATU

  • Directed by F.W. Murnau
  • Starring Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim
  • 1922 | 94mins | Germany | (PG)

The two performances on Sunday 23rd October will feature live musical accompaniment by Ben Pearson (see the below trailer for a taster of his score for Nosferatu).


"Nosferatu is one of my favourite films and I'm super excited to be playing along to it this Halloween at The Prince Charles. Grab your tickets and celebrate 100 years of Nosferatu!"


Bio : Ben Pearson is a composer for film and tv. He wrote the score for Jack Mchenry's debut feature "Here Comes Hell" which premiered at Fright Fest in 2019. He has since worked on a number Tv dramas including the BAFTA winning score for Roadkill and he most recently co-wrote the music with Harry Escott for The Thief His Wife and The Canoe for ITV.


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An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt — and, indeed, terrify — modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set-pieces and innocuous real-world locations alike, Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare, and launched the signature "Murnau-style" that would change cinema history forever.


In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok — portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology — who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land... and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count's campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival — that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all in this film that's like a blackout...