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Thomas Hutter is secretary to an estate agent in Wisborg, where he lives happily with his wife Ellen. One day his boss sends him to Transylvania on business, to negotiate with Baron Orlok about purchasing a house. His wife Ellen senses that something is amiss, she is aware of the danger which threatens her husband, but he will not be held back. It is night-time before Hutter meets the strange master of the castle - the latter signs the contract. When Hutter wakes the next morning, he discovers small red marks on his neck and guesses the horrors to come. Orlok is a vampire. Hutter flees the castle at once, afraid that the ghost is on his way to his wife.

One day a ship with no one at the helm lands at Wisborg, its cargo bringing plague, death and ruin to the inhabitants. The dead all have the same red marks on their necks. Ellen recognises the challenge, and in order to put an end to the disaster, she sacrifices herself and surrenders to the vampire. The mysterious form dissolves into the air in the first light of the next morning.

Restored Version by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation/Wiesbaden
Genre Horror
Category Feature, Silent
Year of Production 1921
Director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Screenplay Henrik Galeen
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Hans Erdmann, Art Zoyd
Albin Grau
Cast G.H. Schnell, Greta Schroeder, Gustav von Wangenheim, Alexander Granach, Max Schreck, Ruth Landshoff
Producers Enrico Dieckmann, Albin Grau
Production Company Prana-Film/Berlin
Runtime 93 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
 Silent with German intertitles
Festivals Fantasporto 2012, Sao Paulo 2012, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014, Valladolid 2016, Sitges 2017, Cork 2018, Kolkata 2019, Torino 2019
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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