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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Free screening of classic vampire flick "Nosferatu" gets live soundtrack

Once upon a time, as Creative Loafing contributor Curt Holman pointed out in a recent cover story, vampires didn't sparkle. They weren't conflicted. They didn't sulk. And they didn't recite love poetry to angsty, lip-biting teens in sun-dappled meadows. They were, in a word, scary.

This Halloween season, why not kick things off by revisiting the great grand-daddy of all scary movie vampires with a viewing of the 1922 silent film classic Nosferatu? The film will have three free screenings this week at the Goat Farm Arts Center on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights, October 24-26, at 9 p.m. each night. Even better: The films will have live musical accompaniment performed by Atlanta composer and musician Felipe Barral. All the screenings are free and open to the public.

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens or Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror is a classic German Expressionist horror film directed by F.W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula (hence the tricky name) and orginially featured a live score, now almost completely lost, from Hans Erdmann.

Barral, who originally composed and recorded his score for the movie in 1999 in Santiago de Chile, will use electric guitar, bass guitar and drums for the upcoming performances and for the first time he also will include a singer.

The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster Street, presents a screening of Murnau's "Nosferatu" with a live score by Felipe Barral on Wednesday Oct 24, at 9 p.m.; Thursday, Oct 25 at 9 p.m.; and Friday, Oct 26, at 9 p.m. The screenings are free and open to the public. For more information visit the Goat Farm.

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