Film #24 of the Halloween 31
I am planning on reviewing three imaginations of "Nosferatu" in the last few days of the Halloween 31: the 1922 original, the Herzog remake, and the biopic "Shadow of the Vampire". Of course, first up was to re-watch the original. I have heard a lot of bad things about the version I watched, but it was the only one I had access to.
I watched the film for the first time a couple of years ago. I remember really enjoying it, being amazed at its technical strengths. Looking back at it, there are some obvious limitations. There seems to be an accidental overuse of high-key lighting in some scenes, obscuring the faces of the character. The title slides last a bit too long (but that may just be in this version). That being said, there are still some phenomenally made parts of the film. The score is fabulously eerie. The set design for the film is great, especially Orlok's castle. The lighting is used amazingly sometimes to create shadows, like in the iconic staircase scene. The film is pretty impressive as a whole.
So overall, I wasn't as impressed by this viewing of "Nosferatu" as I was with my first viewing, but it is still undeniably good. The film isn't perfect by itself, but this version isn't the best restoration, either.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Amazon Prime.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably, but not this restoration.
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