n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Adaptation, expressionism, and Weimar : Murnau’s Nosferatu reconsidered - allgemeine Beiträge / general contributions to German studies

Volume 47 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273


Murnau’s Nosferatu was the first film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula; nearly a century later, it remains the most intelligent adaptation of this Victorian novel. If Stoker’s Dracula was a novel of Victorian sexual repression, Nosferatu is a film of Weimarian autocratic repression. Nosferatu is also a fully expressionistic work – something heretofore overlooked largely because of the picture’s natural, rather than fantastic, settings. But Nosferatu may be regarded as the expressionist “Ichdrama” of Hutter (Harker in Dracula), with the two other chief characters – Ellen, his wife (Mina in Dracula), and Nosferatu (Dracula) – seen as aspects of Hutter’s self.

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