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Compare the techniques of Murnau who directed the film 'Nosferatu', and Coppola who directed the film 'Bram Stokers Dracula'.

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Murnau who directed the film 'Nosferatu', and Coppola who directed the film 'Bram Stokers Dracula' introduce the characters of Orlock AND Dracula in very different ways, and they create different reactions within their audiences, which are of different times. The film 'Nosferatu' was released in 1922 and created by the German expressionist Murnau, who was fascinated by the supernatural, and had an obsession with the new art form of the cinema. 'Nosferatu' is Murnau's most famous film, and although it was based on the Novel 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', its title and character names had to be changed due to legal reasons with Bram Stoker's estate. Ironically, Murnau's 'Nosferatu' was the making of Stoker's fame and reputation. The movie inspired dozens of other Dracula films, including the most recent, 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', which was released in 1992. As with 'Nosferatu' it is also of the horror genre and is trying to create a feeling of fear and suspense in the viewer. 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' is also a romantic and erotic love story, accented with touches of skin-tingling terror, bloody gore and violence, much of which is accomplished with elaborate illusionary effects. ...read more.

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The director conveyed the fact that it is set in the dark by adding it the dialogue, such as when Count Orlock says 'It is almost midnight and all my servants have retired'. This is not present in 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' as by 1922 they had the technology to record sound in sync with the picture, and record in the dark. This is very useful as it helps the viewer to become really involved with the film. Other such technical advances are to do with the evolution of computers, which meant that such special effects as fog and rain could be added later. Nowadays an audience would expect very high-tech effects on screen to arouse their senses, and would not be very pleased with a film such as Nosferatu, which in a modern day view is not very exciting as it is filmed in the daylight, with no stimulating music at all. Both 'Nosferatu' and 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' have crossing over points into the 'spirit world'. In 'Nosferatu' this is conveyed through a bridge over running, which marks their territory, and the subtitle 'land of the phantoms'. ...read more.

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This makes them very similar to Dracula and Orlock who have similar lifestyles. In 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' they had the equipment to film in the dark, and many of the animals were filmed in other places, and then added later, or they were computer generated. This would have made the directors job a lot easier as he would not even have to bring some animals onto the set. Both Orlock and Dracula live in very large castles, these are first seen in both films through the use of a low angle shot, making them seem very tall and forbidding. I believe that castles are used as Orlock's and Dracula's home as they can remain untouched for hundreds of years and seem very old, like the characters. Castles are associated as fortresses, which can be impenetrable, and very hard to escape from much like a prison, and 'wrap up' Orlock and Dracula as they shield them from what is going on in the outside world around them. They are usually built in the middle of no-where and seem very isolated, making the audiences' feel that Orlock and Dracula have something to hide from, or don't want people to escape. Media Coursework - 'Bram Stokers Dracula' & 'Orlock' Ryan Bennett ...read more.

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