Silent Version of Dracula to be Screened on Sunday

In preparation for Halloween, the earliest surviving film version of Dracula will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. Nosferatu (1921), directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, will be screened in the Kirner-Johnson Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the F.I.L.M (Forum for Images and Languages in Motion) series organized by Visiting Art History Professor Scott MacDonald.

The first of the great, classic horror films, this film version of Bram Stoker's Dracula stars Max Schreck as a creepy, rodentine Count Dracula. Murnau's mise-en-scène and his use of lighting helped set the standard for horror films for a generation. 

The acclaimed Devil Music Ensemble, founded in 1999 in Boston, evolved to include three core musicians: Tim Nylander on drums/percussion; Jonah Rapino on violin/synthesizer/vibraphone; and Brendon Wood on guitars/synthesizer/lap steel. The Ensemble has designed and performed sound tracks for silent films across the country.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., F.I.L.M Director Scott MacDonald will introduce the program with a presentation on the single shot. Using memorable single-shot films by the Lumière Brothers and Edwin S. Porter, MacDonald will show how the motion photograph became a cinematic form; and how, at a pivotal moment in development of cinema as a field of study, this form was appropriated and developed by more modern filmmakers.

This series is made possible by the Mary and Elihu Root Faculty Innovation Fund and the Office of the Dean of the College, and by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. The events are curated by Scott MacDonald.

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