Nosferatu ★★★★

Horror lingers in the back, hiding in the shadows. It creeps behind you, ready to grasp your soul, or whatever remains of it. After the first world war, Germany was shattered, the nightmare of the war still present, a phantom unwilling to proceed, anchored to the past. And in all that pain, a presentiment. A looming darkness cast by the future. And so a cinema of shadows was born in that dreary country, expressing the helplessness of the people, their incapacity of taking real action against a danger so dim and yet so unmistakably real, German Expressionism.
Amongst the many movies this movement created, Nosferatu is one of the most widely known. Directed in 1922 by F.W. Murnau, it's a horror story we're all familiar with, but that still manages to feel new after a hundred years thanks to its highly stylized approach to the subject and the compelling symbolism present in every scene. Murnau combines his fears and the people's fears with a story that feast on that fears, creating a way to exorcise it and understand it better, while at the same time exploring the present day through a metaphor: we are brought to a rotten country, where animals who feast on the dead thrive and where evil and sickness are spreading. A journey through darkness to find the light, but at what cost?

This writing was inspired by Thomas Koebner's analysis I found on wikipedia.
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