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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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Reading the Vampire

Reading the Vampire

(p.41) Chapter 3 – Reading the Vampire

Cristina Massaccesi

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents a detailed analysis of Nosferatu (1922). It begins by describing the two DVD editions of the film released respectively by the British Film Institute in 2002 and by Eureka/Masters of Cinema in 2007. Both versions replicate the tones and tints revealed by the surviving nitrate copy of the film, thus giving the viewers the chance to truly appreciate the various narrative phases and nuances in the story. The chapter then looks at a generic narrative template structured around four phases that although often subjected to variations, could be employed as a blueprint in the reading and analysis of horror films. This template is usually composed of an onset, a discovery, a confirmation, and a confrontation stage. These phases and their inevitable diversions from the basic model could be superimposed on Nosferatu and used to conduct an in-depth reading of the film's narrative developments.

Keywords:   Nosferatu, DVD editions, narrative template, horror films, onset phase, discovery phase, confirmation phase, confrontation phase, narrative developments, narrative phases

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