‘Nosferatu’: New Film and Celebration of the Original On the Way

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Considering German director F.W. Murnau’s 1922 version of Nosferatu, the unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (published 40 years earlier), was sued practically out of existence, there is still plenty of life in this particular take on the undead, which is currently celebrating 100 years. For starters, casting’s been announced for Robert Eggers’ long-planned remake of the film, with Bill Skarsgard (so terrifying as Pennywise in the big screen version of Stephen King’s It) as the title character and Lily-Rose Depp in a currently-unnamed role. Eggers previously directed The Witch and The Lighthouse.

On top of that, Berlin’s Nationalgalerie, from December 16, 2022 until April 23, 2023, is offering up Phantoms of the Night: 100 Years of Nosferatu, an exhibition about the original film and its influence on cinematic horror and culture. Details Artnet, “The exhibition seeks to untangle the film’s wide-ranging influences throughout pop culture, including on The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants, and cinema history, such as Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre.”

Noted the museum, “Andre Breton considered Nosferatu a surrealist work, and sketches for the set design, for example, include motifs that call to mind etchings by Francisco de Goya.”

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