Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nosferatu, a LIVE Symphony of Horror

Gabriel Thibaudeau premiered his new score to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu last night in Montreal.  I have been fortunate enough to meet Thibaudeau a few times, most recently when I interviewed him about his score to the Universal Pictures Lon Chaney vehicle The Phantom of the Opera.  This interview appears as a bonus feature on the IMAGE blu-ray of the silent classic.

The world premiere of his new score for Nosferatu was an invigorating, energetic experience. A twelve-piece ensemble performed it, and the instrumentation includes the rare use of a cimbalom. That's a large concert hammered dulcimer that gives a "foreign" sound to the music. To my knowledge, the only score of Thibaudeau's that has received a proper video release is The Phantom of the Opera.  Would love his scores for Metropolis and Nosferatu to receive a similar treatment someday.   The rest of the photos show a trip to Germany I took a few years ago, where I had the chance to explore all the German outdoor locations from the 1922 film Nosferatu.
Silent Phantom composer Gabriel Thibaudeau holds his original score for the film, and I hold the blu-ray on which our bonus feature appears.   

These salt warehouses in Lübeck, Germany harbored the vampire in the film Nosferatu.

This public housing structure served as one of the main neighborhoods for plague-stricken victims in the 1922 film.
Both Hutter, the hero, and the vampire are seen walking through this pretty yard, belonging to a church in Wismar, Germany.

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