Sam Houston State University’s College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication hosts a free Silent Film Concert featuring the original vampire classic Nosferatu with an original soundtrack performed live by the Austin band, The Invincible Czars.
Nosferatu, a German expressionist horror film, was first released in 1922 and was based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Like most films of the early twentieth century, Nosferatu was a silent, black-and-white movie filmed with the intention of a live music accompaniment.
The film casts light on vampire, Count Orlok, who resides in a castle in Transylvania and has his eyes fixed on purchasing a house in the fictitious town of Wisbourg, Germany. Estate associate, Mr. Hutter is sent to Transylvania with the intention of selling the recluse the house across from his own. Upon arriving at his destination Hutter begins to suspect that the count is actually a vampire who not only has eyes for a new house, but also for Hutter’s wife—or rather, her neck.
Austin’s Invincible Czars have become known and lauded for their sprawling catalog of original material and for arrangements of classical works such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and 1812 Overture. The group’s original songs and instrumental pieces are highly composed “mini-symphonies” chock full of memorable melodies, meticulous arrangements, dynamics, and humor.
Following the production, Mass Communication professor, Grant Wiedenfeld, will present a brief film history talk on the film.
The Nosferatu, Silent Film Concert will take place Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at The Old Town Theatre, located at 1023 12th Street in Downtown Huntsville. Costumes are encouraged and admission is free. The event is supported is part from Mike Yawn and The Smither Family Bed and Breakfast.