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Nosferatu eine Symphonie des Grauens A Symphony of the Horror in German is a German Expressionist film shot in 1922 Murnau had wanted to film a version of Bram Stokers Dracula but his studio was unable to obtain the rights to the story Instead he decided to film his own version and made only slight changes to the story Nosferatu has many similarities to Stokers original tale Dracula became Nosferatu and the names of the characters changed with Count Dracula changed to Count Orlok The role of the vampire was played by Max Schreck Other major actors in the film were Gustav von Wangenheim as HutterJonathan Harker Greta Schr as EllenMina and Alexander Granach as KnockRenfield The film was the first and last production made by production company Prana Film GmbH A firm representing Bram Stokers widow sued for plagiarism and won It was ordered that all existing prints of Nosferatu were destroyed but a number of copies of the film had already been shipped around the world The ending of the film differs greatly from the original Dracula ending in which Dracula is destroyed physically whereas in Nosferatu the character Mina sacrifices herself to him Nosferatu is set in 1838 whereas Dracula is set in the 1890s Contrary to the sexy Dracula type vampire established by Chrisopher Lee Nosferatu depicts a living corps who is neither charming not erotic but totally repulsive
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