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First of all, Nosferatu. This was one of the movies I was looking most forward to, as I have been wanting to see this for a long time. A lot of iconic images has come out of this, and a lot of the vampire lore we know today. Based on Bram Stokers work, it also adds that vampires die in sunlight. No, the do not sparkle.
If you are not familiar with the Bram Stoker tale of the Vampire, let me do a quick recap: Vampire lives in Transylvania, Vampire want to move to place with more people. Man is sent to negotiate housing deal. Shit goes down. There, quick and easy!
While the book Dracula by Bram Stoker is a masterpiece, and the 1992 movie by the same name is also one of my favorite movies, something didn’t click with me on this one. Sure, this is old as hell silent movie, but that didn’t hurt the other old movies I have seen on this list. I am not saying this was bad, just… adequate. Maybe it is because I know the story, and there would be no surprises for me.
Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok does a remarkable job at least, looking completely insane in a down to earth way. There is never any downright action going on really, and this is more about the dread and horror of a living dead entity feeding on your blood than the outright violence and terror you mostly think about when it comes to vampires.
I do recommend this if you already want to see it, but it didn’t wow me in a big way.
Then we have Rules of the Game, a French movie depicting the aristocrat society between the first and second World War. And boy, did they know how to have fun!
You get hunting for game, hunting women, husbands and wives being unfaithful left and right… and strange social goings on all the time. I enjoyed this, while it was somewhat dark when I think about it, but man… so hard to really say anything about it. I really recommend watching it, just to see what it is all about.
The acting was superb, and for a movie that was almost completely lost it looks really good. In fact, it just occurred to me that it was a black and white movie. Not sure why, but I didn’t really notice that.
So, if you want to see a creepy old count look creepy while doing little else, see Nosferatu. If you want to see French nobility party like it’s 1939, go watch Rules of the Game. If you really have to choose between them, go for the French. They really knew how to party.
Seven Samurai (1954) The Rules of the Game (1939) Metropolis (1927) Dersu Uzala (1975)
- Blowup (1966)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
- The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
- 8½ (1963)
- Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) (1928)
- Kes (1969)
- Breathless (1960)
- Mon Oncle (1958)
- Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Modern Times (1936)
- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
- Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
- City of God (2002)
Breaking the Waves (1996)
- Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror (1922)
- Umberto D. (1952)
Three Colours: Blue (1993) The Battle of Algiers (1965)
- Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)
Movies seen: 11 out of 25
Oh, and Paulette Dubost sure was cute!