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or maybe it was a bit of a joke at the expense of film historians who like
to point these anachronisms out (as I did too)


At 21:27 09/05/01 -0400, you wrote:
>Dear All: I have no special knowledge about Max Schreck's vampiric
>tendencies but I did want to mention a very obvious ERROR of anachronism
>in the film's dialogue, one that no film scholars have pointed out yet (to
>my knowledge at least):
>
>At one point in SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, one of the producers compares
>Murnau to the best of the world's filmmakers--D. W. Grifith and Sergei
>Eisenstein.  Of course, in 1922, when NOSFERATU was released, Eisenstein
>had not even directed his first major STAGE production for the Proletkult
>Theater group, let alone a feature film. His first feature, STRIKE, wasn't
>released until 1924.  Perhaps the mythology of Eisenstein's reputation
>mattered more for the makers of SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE than any semblance
>of historical accuracy!
>
>Best,
>
>Frank
>
>Frank P. Tomasulo
>Editor
>CINEMA JOURNAL
>
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>Prefatory note:
>
>Please help out this journalist with an interesting
>film history question posed to Film & History.  The
>quicker the response the better given deadlines...
>
>Bill Didio is not on our discussion groups, so please
>respond to his query at his address, below.
>
>Peter Rollins
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>CALL FOR INFORMATION: VAMPIRES AND
>     NOSFERATU
>
>We are thinking about possibly doing something on
>the urban legend portrayed in the recent Hollywood release "shadow of
>the vampire", that way back when the silent film "nosferatu" was
>shooting in germany -- and perhaps during its release here too -- rumors
>were circulating that max schreck was, in fact, a vampre.
>
>have you run across this myth/possible publicity stunt? if not, any
>ideas who might know about such things, or where i might look? internet
>research has been pretty dry on the subject, at the most simply saying
>that:
>- scheck was wonderfully creepy in makeup
>- he was a prolific actor
>- "nosferatu" was probably the stage actor's first film
>- "max schreck" means something like "maximum terror" or "ultimate
>shreak" in german
>- the movie ran into problem's with bram stoker's estate and a judge
>ordered all prints burned
>- he might have studied with stanislavski, etc.
>
>...but no real firm tales of the story circulating or funny/creepy
>behind-the-scenes production anecdotes related by schreck's co-stars, or
>even myths that came to life in hollywood long after the film was out of
>circulation.
>
>Bill Didio
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