Watch 3 influential classic German films

Every country in the world has a unique film-making history, and digging into each of them will, without fail, leave you fascinated and itching for more of that history. Today, let's take a look at some amazing influential films from Germany.

Often showing up in the list of top 100 international films of all time, Nosferatu, based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula," is the 1922 German film directed by F.W. Murnau, one of Germany's most influential directors of the silent film era. The film tells the story of Thomas Hutter, who lives in the fictitious town Wisborg, where Count Orlov is looking to buy a house. Hutter is sent to Transylvania to visit the potential buyer where he starts to suspect that Orlov might be Nosferatu, the "Bird of Death."



Faust, another film directed by F.W. Murnau, was released in 1926 and featured some amazing special effects for its time. Based on not only Goethe's "Faust," Murnau was also inspired by "Mefistofele" by Arrigo Boito, and "Doktor Faust" by Ferruccio Buson.



Metropolis, the 1927 science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang follows Freder, the son of the master of Metropolis, the futuristic dystopian city that the film takes place in. Freder discovers that there is a great underground workforce that is driving the city, living and working in terrible conditions, while the wealthy idly go for walks in what they think is Utopia. In 2001, the film was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.


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