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Bram Stoker’s Dracula had no copyright license over reprints of Stoker’s original work. However, because Stoker’s widow had obtained copyright license over theatrical productions, at the time, that also included films. Therefore, while Nosferatu is a horror film based primarily off of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by F.W. Murnau, it follows an almost identical plot with the exception of the characters’ names. Although eventually, Mrs. Stoker did win an infringement lawsuit against the makers of Nosferatu. The existing copy of the film has been deemed one of the most influential reproductions of Dracula ever created and has been studied by many, using various techniques. Using Jan Perkowski’s vampire analysis for vampire folklore, Murnau’s main character in Nosferatu, Count Orlock, can be analyzed in order to articulate the most important details of the purpose of the creation of the film and origin of the legend.
Nosferatu was portrayed as a silent film under the influence of Dark Romanticism, a literary movement that had not yet been adapted to film. Dark Romantics were kn…
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