Nosferatu: the Image of an Era

In 1922, the German film director Friedrich Murnau adapted Bram Stoker‘s work – for copyright reasons – and launches with the name Nosferatu, returning the image of the ancient vampire gruesome and ghastly previous literature, to cause a different impact.

On should remember that the resources of that time, such as film, color (in this case, black and white), scenery, and production dynamics directly influenced the construction of the plot, creating the effect of psychological impact needed to characterize a movie genre Terror that is usually classified as movies about vampires.

A screenshot of the 1922 film, Nosferatu.

A screenshot of the 1922 film, Nosferatu.

He came off the fantastic genre that included narratives about supernatural events and is now named the movies they appear vampires, werewolves, monsters, demonic possessions, etc.. Their scripts and screenplays are based on the macabre and terrorize through the makeup and special effects used from 1960.

Bram Stoker created the modern vampire myth and gave the creature name: Count Dracula, Anne Rice however was the one to put the foundations for the vamps that are part of the current batch of films, television series and books; they are young, beautiful and passionate.

Bela Lugosi as Dracula, anonymous photograph from 1931

Bela Lugosi as Dracula, anonymous photograph from 1931

Literature and film incorporated the vampire to the modern imagination, the allure for them is rooted in its unique ability to escape death and dribble time, in most cases they maintain youth and beauty through all the eternity. Beings with incredible ability to adapt to several eras, vampires make our interest remains always oscillating between high and low levels, but never completely disappearing.

The possibility of having life, eternal youth and beauty is as seductive as daunting.

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Nosferatu: a imagem de uma Era

Em 1922, o cineasta alemão Friedrich Murnau adapta a obra de Bram Stoker – por motivos de direitos autorais – e a lança com o nome de Nosferatu, retomando a imagem do antigo vampiro horripilante e medonho anterior a literatura, para causar um impacto diferenciado.

Lembremos que os recursos da época, tais como película, cores (no caso, preto-e-branco), cenário, e dinâmica de produção influenciavam diretamente a construção da trama, criando os efeitos de impacto psicológicos necessários à caracterização de um filme do gênero Terror que é como geralmente são classificados os filmes sobre vampiros.

A screenshot of the 1922 film, Nosferatu.

Imagem do filme Nosferatu (1922)

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