Monday, February 8, 2016
Your shadow alights like a shroud
Too bad with all rights they're endowed
You dared to play poker
With heirs of Bram Stoker
Too Vlad-like, your bite's not allowed.
Max Schreck is Count Orlok in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922), a movie which casts a long shadow in film history. But it almost went up in smoke. From Wikipedia: "...an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok"). Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived..."