So the question was ... in the notes for the program, should we call the film Nosfertau ? I think what Daniel was most concerned about was the implication that Stoker's book is, by proxy, anti-Semitic, but we did have a good discussion about whether or not stating it so flatly isn't inviting unnecessary controversy.
I was not suggesting that the Murnau was intentionally setting out to make a Jew-hating film. But I do feel that there were and are stereotypical traits that have been ascribed to one race with are manifest in the character of Count Orlock - and that prior to the Holocaust, inarguably the horrific culmination of centuries of passive acceptance of these stereotypes by non-Jewish peoples, these negative physical, moral and spiritual traits were and acceptable way of telling a story.
I do not need to provide links to hate-sites to provide ample evidence that others, even and especially today, hold up this film as an excellent metaphor for the Jewish problem. And I do hope that this particular use of the vampire myth will make for some excellent discussions during our tour.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday. And yes, we do have a space.