Nosferatu is the very first vampire film and one of the earliest horror films. Produced in 1921 by the artist Albin Grau and directed by the great F.W. Murnau, the silent film was almost lost forever due to legal backlash. A copyright lawsuit launched in 1922 over similarities to the novel Dracula, resulted in all but one copy of the film being destroyed. That one surviving copy breathed life back into the film by bringing it back into the mainstream, where this cult classic has been re-adapted and enjoyed by audiences around the world for nearly a century.
This new live score, composed by Christopher Smith and Roger Landes, experiments musically, as Murnau did when he filmed Nosferatu. As the film plays, Texas Tech's Elegant Savages Orchestra and Balkan Ensemble will engage in a series of conducted improvisations, responding in real time to cues and pre-written music. Therefore, this dynamic score is different at every screening. The result is a unique suite of interlocking compositions, juxtaposing and contrasting both ensembles, in moods ranging from lyric to horrific!