On this day in 1879, while the planet was spinning over 1,000 miles per hour, an other-worldly being by the name of Max Schreck arrived on the Earth. Raised in Germany during the previous turn of the century, ‘ole Max brought a seriously scary style of method acting to the newly invented world of moving pictures.
We all know, love, and fear the character he created in Nosferatu, the terrifying 1922 vampire film. Originally a German expressionist art-house production, the movie made no money and bankrupted the filmmakers. Of course, the cream rises to the top…eventually. It is now regarded as a masterwork, not only for the filmmakers, but for Max Schreck’s exceptional performance.
Giving people the creeps for generations is truly a work of art worth praising.
Here’s to you, Max. Alles gute zum Geburtstag! Say that five times fast...