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Murnau robs the vampire of its aura: we see the shadow of Dracula/ Orlock reach for the hero and we see the vampire's reflec- An Illustrated History of the Horror Film tion in the heroine's mirror. [ As every reader and have no of the Undead there were already thousands— knew, the cast 22 novel—and no shadow reflection. Stoker laid his story in the contemporary setting of Victorian England, so that the sense of actuality, of things happening right before our eyes, is never lost. Murnau and Galeen place the action at the time of the Bremen plague of 1838, the safe, distant period of Goethe and Hoffmann.
It older opens with two man mutters: men sitting in a slightly stylized garden. " A Horror Film [ 16 girl, Jane, walks like a wraith past the two. " Francis' tale unfolds on the screen: The town of Holstenwall is celebrating its fair, and a traveling hypnotist, Doctor Caligari, applies for permission to exhibit his creature, a somnambulist named Cesare, on the fairgrounds. The town clerk grants it, but not before he rudely humiliates the evillooking doctor. That night, the clerk is murdered in his room.
The magician in Melies soon rebelled against a medium that seemed to exclude poetry, fantasy, and unbridled imagination. Surely, he thought, the motion picture could be used for something more than the mere recording of reality. An accident revealed the way: one day, while filming a street scene in front of the THE WIZARD OF MONTREUIL Paris Opera, the [ camera jammed and the rupted for a few secon ds. g w of film was interdevelgn^d him Tate] chan^ jn^ o a hearse Film flo When he" vJewe~6^tTie on.