Nosferatu w/ Dorothy Papadakos
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Nosferatu
Silent Film Classics

Nosferatu

w/ Dorothy Papadakos, organ

OCT 31 | Silent Film Halloween w/ Dorothy Papadakos, organ

Oct 31, 2019
Grace Cathedral

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Currently a member of the GRAMMY-winning Paul Winter Consort and former Cathedral Organist of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Papadakos has accompanied the greatest silent films in venues around the world. She will precede the screening with a brief history of the film, and will appear in costume as the title character!

A film mired in controversy and finally released in the U.S. seven years after its German premiere, Nosferatu has retained its power to shock and terrify almost a century after its production, with Shreck’s nightmarish vampire and innovative visual signature undiminished by time. With its basic plotline borrowed from Stoker’s novel, the film and its makers were subject to a successful court case brought by Stoker estate, with a ruling ordering all copies of the film destroyed. A few prints survived, and the film rightly earned its place as a cinematic masterpiece.

This performance will take full advantage of Grace’s 7,500 pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ, a historic instrument installed in 1934 that has been played by many of the world’s great organists and earned a place in jazz history as well, being employed for the premiere of Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music in 1963 and pianist Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 Jazz Mass.

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For the late show, Papadakos accompanies a screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula almost erased from history, starring the unforgettable Max Schreck as Count Orlok.

To watch F.W. Murnau's 'Nosferatu' (1922) is to see the vampire movie before it had really seen itself. Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films.

Roger Ebert

To watch F.W. Murnau's 'Nosferatu' (1922) is to see the vampire movie before it had really seen itself. Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films.

Roger Ebert

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Dorothy Papadakos pipe organ

When Dorothy Papadakos climbs into the organ loft, she rolls up her sleeves and rocks.

The New York Times

Personnel

Dorothy Papadakos pipe organ

When Dorothy Papadakos climbs into the organ loft, she rolls up her sleeves and rocks.

The New York Times

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