( Sun., Oct. 31, 2010 )
Performed by Mallarmé Chamber Players Eric Schwartz, composer/arranger, Carla Copeland Burns, flute, Michael Burns, bassoon, Suzanne Rousso, viola, John Beck Jr., percussion, & James Douglass, keyboard
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701-2119
Nosferatu (1922, directed by F.W. Murnau), the original vampire movie, complete with live musical accompaniment
*"...Carolina Theatre and Mallarmé Chamber Players are proud to present a very rare 35mm print of the 63-minute American re-release cut of F.W. Murnau's German Expressionist 1922 masterpiece, Nosferatu. The film will presented with a new musical score that has been created for a live chamber music performance by the Mallarmé Chamber Players.
"Murnau had wanted to film a version of Bram Stoker's Dracula, but his studio was unable to obtain the rights to the story. Murnau decided to film his own version, and made only slight changes to the narrative. The resulting film has many similarities to Stoker’s original tale. So many similarities that Stoker’s estate sued for copyright infringement and won. Though all existing prints of Nosferatu were court-ordered to be destroyed, a number of copies of the film had already been distributed around the world. These prints were then copied over the years, resulting in Nosferatu gaining a reputation as one of the greatest movie depictions of the vampire legend of all time.
"The music is a compilation of North Carolinian composer Eric Schwartz’s horror-themed experimental chamber works, music culled from the history of the horror film score, traditional sources and the work of other contemporary composers. This eclectic film/live music performance will be scary, funny and sometimes just plain weird, and will serve as the perfect Halloween theatrical experience."
$12.50, at the door $15