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Nosferatu is a 1922 horror film directed by F.W. Munarau and a classic of the genre. The story is a retelling of Dracula with different character names to avoid paying royalties to Bram Stoker. The film is proudly brought to you by Minks Theater Presents... Enjoy...

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Minks Theater Presents/Nosferatu
Directed by F.W. Munarau
Produced by Albin Grau and Enrico Dieckmann
Written by Henrik Galeen
Starring Max Schreck and Gustav von Wangenheim
Budget $0 (USD)

This was the first and last Prana-Film GmbH film, the company declared bankruptcy after Bram Stoker's estate sued for copyright infringement and won. The court ordered all existing prints of Nosferatu destroyed, but copies of the film had already been distributed around the world. These prints were then copied over the years, helping Nosferatu gain its current reputation as one of the greatest movie adaptations of the vampire legend.

The original meaning of the word nosferatu is difficult to determine. There is no doubt that it achieved popular currency through Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, and Stoker identified his source for the term as the 19th-century British author and speaker Emily Gerard. Gerard introduced the word into print in a book chapter ("Transylvanian Superstitions"; published 1885) and in her travelogue The Land Beyond the Forest (1888) (Transylvania's English translation). The word itself does not mean "the undead" or "vampire", as is popularly thought. Theories regarding its etymology link it either to the Greek nosophoros (νοσοφορος; "plague-carrier"), or the Romanian nesuferitul ("the insufferable one").