In the horror genre, few movies are as iconic and revered as F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent vampire tale Nosferatu, but like any film worth its salt, this one was a nightmare to make. This is the true story behind Nosferatu.
German director F.W. Murnau is most often credited for Nosferatu's unique atmosphere and imagery, and rightly so - Murnau would go on to massive success for films like 1924's The Last Laugh, 1926's Faust, and 1927's Sunrise. But equally deserving in praise for the film is Albin Grau, Nosferatu's producer - and an experienced occultist. Grau was a member of a hermetic order named Fraternitas Saturni, or "Brotherhood of Saturn."
Many believe it was Grau's spiritual relationship with the occult that leant Nosferatu its chilling ambiance, and one can even see hermetic and occult symbols in certain scenes. When Grau started the production company that made the film, it was meant to focus on films solely of a spiritual or supernatural nature.
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Anti-Semitism | 5:54
The suit to destroy Nosferatu | 6:45
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