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killer meteor wrote:
Interesting observation Buzz, given that original reviews complained it was too old fashioned
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Buzz, recently watched the latest restoration; a benchmark job, that I hope Chaney's PHANTOM gets someday.
And I'm a Murnau fan who sees lots that's good in the film - but how "modern"?
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Nosferatu is my favorite movie. That being said, its' low budget shows.
The sets are unremarkable (intentionally, I think) and flatly lit. Shots are innovatively composed, but the camera barely moves. The in-camera effects
(dissolves, iris in/out, animation) are often poorly executed, even for the time.
The extensive day for night photography is only slightly helped by proper tinting. Night for night was common enough (there's even a little bit in
Nosferatu itself) that I think many filmgoers would have noticed, and regarded day for night, especially so much of it, and with the sky often taking up much
of the frame, as behind the times.
The extensive location shooting may look great to us, but contemporary tastes might have leaned toward more artificiality, and considered this
"realism" a throwback to earlier Scandinavian films, or even to Griffith. The crosscutting in the middle section may have stregnthened the
association with the latter.
Nosferatu's subtexts, it's striking imagery, and the way it forecasts (or doesn't) the conventions of a genre that didn't yet exist probably
count more to a modern audience than these particulars, which would have been more noticeable to its' initial viewers.
By the way, Kino and Eureka only liscensed the latest restoration, they had nothing to do with it. The cropping might not be a problem on the new prints.
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I first saw NOSFERATU at the old (they've moved it since) McBurney YMCA in NYC. My introduction to the film was via an 8mm print that Calvin Beck showed
to a rather large & VERY enthusiastic crowd.
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