Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library


With live musical accompaniment

Nosferatu presented in 16mm film with live experimental guitar sounds and drones from Tristan Welch.

Nosferatu is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok.

The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was 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" and "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, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema. As of 2015, it is Rotten Tomatoes' second best-reviewed horror film of all time. 

Experimental music will fill the silences.  From performer Tristan Welch:

"I had been involved with the experimental music scene in Washington D.C and it's surrounding areas from early 2005 until 2010. Through those years I played in various groups and under a few names. Frequent shows were held around the city while also managing to tour the east coast and midwest. The groups I played with experimented with sounds that typically came from a place of darkness that lead to a 5 year break from performing. Today I am using some of the skills I have practiced from the past to create dark, ambient and cinematic guitar sounds, drones and textures. I'm excited to play again with such a cool film and a very cool location please come out and experience the horror."

The movie will show in the lower level meeting room at 3:00 pm on Saturday October 31st.