A colorful crowd gathered for the first movie in what we hope becomes an ongoing Film Series. It was Halloween Night after all, and we screened the 1922 silent film classic Nosferatu. Film afficionados, Craig Nern and Terri Desaro organized the event. Craig introduced the film with interesting facts about the movie’s inception. It was in effect an unauthorized interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Only a few names were changed, but otherwise the story was basically the same.
An excellent example of the Expressionist movement in film, Nosferatu has a dark and moody atmosphere — perfect for Halloween — and Max Schreck (whose last name in German means ‘fright’), played his role to perfection. A creepier vampire would be hard to find (even Klaus Kinski couldn’t do it better, in the 1979 remake Nosferatu, the Vampyre).
Right now we’re looking for volunteers to further develop the Hoffman Center Film Series. We’re lucky enough to have received start-up funds for the movie licensing fees for several more shows, as well as promotional activities. If you love movies and maybe have even dreamed of running your own cinema or film festival, here’s a splendid opportunity to go for it. If you’re interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.