Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror
I think this is one of the most enjoyable movies that have been on the list so far, which is saying a lot because I whine incessantly about silent films. I am an avid fan of the book Dracula by Bram Stoker so I did not know if I would be indignant during this movie or pleased and fortunately it was the latter.
First of all, Max Schreck is one scary looking guy as you can see (wtf is with his fingers?!??!). There is absolutely no dialogue in the book (it is all just letters or journal entries) which I thought was extremely fitting for a silent movie. The lack of dialogue, which is usually my biggest grievance, was actually entertaining, because that is how I pictured it from reading the book. I also thought the soundtrack was the best out of all the films. I think I am the only one who thinks so though because I surfed the web about this movie and everyone else thought it was annoying. I don't really know what that says about me...
Bram Stoker's estate really did not want this to become a film. It was destroyed but resurfaced in other countries. The director also changed the names of some of the characters and changed the ending so he could say it was not exactly like the book. Kind of a jackass move there, Murnau.
Most of the set is still intact in the village in Germany where it was filmed.
I do not want to ruin the ending for you, but when you do see it, you will be able to recognize a superstition about vampires modern day that they invented.
Here is the complete movie from YouTube. You can watch it right now; it is only 84 minutes.