The California Theatre

345 South First Street, downtown San Jose

Silent Film Screening

with Dennis James at the California Theatre's mighty Wurlitzer Organ


Friday March 11 at 7:00 PM

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922)

Quite possibly the most terrifying film ever made, Murnauís Nosferatu continues to influence filmmakers today. Originally released in 1922, and based on Bram Stokerís Dracula (character names were changed in a failed attempt to escape copyright issues), the story was a natural for the surreal, haunting world of Expressionism and its themes of death and madness, shadow and light.

With his bald pate, rat-like visage and long, bony fingers, Nosferatuís Count Orlac (Max Schreck) is a monstrous parasite sustained by the blood of the living. He lurches and creeps around, his hunched form terrifying even in shadow. This vampire is no handsome, romantic undead leading man, although he does crave the blood of a virtuous young woman.

The vampire has evolved into something quite different than what audiences saw some 90 years ago, but Nosferatu continues to be the stuff nightmares are made of.

We will be screening a 35mm color tinted restoration by the F.W. Murnau Foundation.

With Max Schreck, Greta Schroder, Gustav von Wangenheim, Alexander Granach.

Directed by F.W. Murnau. Produced by Enrico Dieckmann, Albin Grau. Written by Henrik Galeen (source material: Bram Stoker). Cinematography by Fritz Arno Wagner, Gunther Krampf. Prana Films.

Friday March 11 at 7:00 PM, with Dennis James at the Wurlitzer organ.