"Hysterical, campy fun!"
- Tony Brown, cleveland.com

"Full of suspense, romance, drama and lots of laughs!"

- Dan Shaurette, Out of the Coffin podcast

This extraordinary one-act drama deftly explores the evolution of the centuries-old vampire myth.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Eternal ... Vampire

So the question was ... in the notes for the program, should we call the film Nosfertau Anti-Semitic? 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.

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