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NosferatuA Symphony of Horror$
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Cristina Massaccesi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780993238451

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780993238451.001.0001

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Film Synopsis

Film Synopsis

(p.11) Film Synopsis
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Cristina Massaccesi

Liverpool University Press

This chapter details the synopsis of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922). The young estate agent Hutter is sent by his shady employer Knock to a remote place in the Carpathian Mountains to close a deal with a local nobleman, Count Orlok, who wishes to buy a property in Wisborg. Knock suggests that his employee offer Count Orlok an empty building which is right opposite Hutter's home. During his first dinner with Orlok, Hutter cuts his finger with a breadknife and observes with shock the Count licking his lips seemingly in anticipation at the sight of his blood. During Hutter's second night at the castle, Orlok attacks his guest in his room with the apparent intention of drinking his blood. Hutter escapes from the castle and is found feverish and confused by some local peasants. His young wife Ellen, although breaching Hutter's explicit prohibition, reads an excerpt from the Book of Vampires and discovers that only the sacrifice of a woman without sin can put an end to the plague brought by the Nosferatu. Ellen summons Nosferatu into her room and lets him drink her blood until the morning when the first ray of the sun kills the vampire thus freeing Wisborg from the curse. The last shot of the film shows a distressed Hutter embracing his dead wife.

Keywords:   Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Nosferatu, Hutter, Count Orlok, vampires

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