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F. W. Murnau Double Bill

F. W. Murnau Double Bill

A crucial name in the history of early cinema, F.W. Murnau was a leading figure in the way he revolutionized silent film both on a technical and creative level. With a style deeply steeped in the German Expressionism of the time—an artistic genre that sought to convey the inner, subjective experience of its subjects by ways of abstracting reality—and greatly influenced by the work of Shakespeare and Schopenhauer, he crafted some of the most revolutionary, pioneering films of the silent era.

As part of this double bill, we revisit two of his most celebrated works: while the iconic Nosferatu is a vampire classic that seems to get increasingly eerie and disturbing as the film ages, his dazzling Faust is cinema’s definitive version of the tale and a magical, big-budget silent masterpiece.

FAUST

F.W. Murnau Germany, 1926

Cinema’s most classic rendition of the Faust story. A big-budget German “super-film” from the era of Metropolis, F.W. Murnau’s final German masterpiece still dazzles audiences worldwide with light and darkness.

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NOSFERATU

F.W. Murnau Germany, 1922

You don’t need sound to be terrified! With its eerie and decaying gothic atmosphere, and Max Schreck’s unforgettable, otherworldly vampire, F.W. Murnau’s Expressionist horror masterpiece seems to get increasingly disturbing as time passes. Cloaked in light and shadow, it creates a symphony of dread.