Nosferatu – Review


My first viewing of Nosferatu was at a point where I claimed not to be so fond of the horror genre but at the same time, my knowledge of such films was fairly limited. As far as my own memories go, this was one of the first silent films that I can recall having watched as I was getting into films themselves and a greater appreciation for the craft was something that I felt inside of me. The running thought of fear stayed within my head as I watched Nosferatu more times over the years because F. W. Murnau’s film was more than just a small step in letting my own love for the horror genre grow so quickly. As a matter of fact I find it especially difficult to imagine what it must have been like for audiences to have experienced such terror from the presence of Max Schreck as Count Orlok back in the day, because the name Nosferatu has made for itself in the horror genre is a well-earned one as it still hasn’t lost a single bit of the power it had back during its original release.

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans – Review


As I sit here trying to write a proper opening to a review talking about F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, but attempting to think of a phrase that would capture how I feel about such an extraordinary piece of work is already hard enough – for not only is it one of the most romantic of all films but it is also something that stands out of its own kind. A defining moment in the silent era of film, Sunrise is not only extraordinary in how genuine the emotions of its characters are, but also in a sense that it is something so ahead of its time and does not feel dated in the slightest – the way that all of the best examples of silent cinema can be. F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise is not only his finest achievement as a filmmaker, but an experience that words alone cannot do justice. Continue reading →