The Harvard Historical Society, as part of the “Organ Revival” music series, will screen F.W. Murnau’s legendary silent horror-movie Nosferatu on Oct. 29, accompanied by original music performed on the 1870 George Stevens pipe organ. The event will begin at 8; refreshments will be served. Costumes are welcome!
F.W. Murnau, the famous expressionist film director from the 1920s, released Nosferatu in 1922. Though he hoped to avoid copyright infringements, the movie is so obviously based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula that Stoker’s widow sued and all the original prints were ordered by the courts to be destroyed. However, various copies outside of the purview of the German courts had been made and these were used later to make restored versions. The movie was not seen for many years; we will be showing a restored version made in the last few years.
This performance is part of the Historical Society’s “Organ Revival” music series, to raise money for the restoration of the George Stevens pipe organ. The original silent movie would have been accompanied by live music written to appropriately define the dramatic movement occurring on screen. Will Parks, an Oberlin College graduate, has written an original score which he will perform on the pipe organ.
The organ holds the distinction of being the largest remaining single manual organ produced by George Stevens, who was a master organ craftsman active in New England during the 19th century. This local treasure, built in 1870 and dominating the western end of the Still River Meeting House sanctuary, is unique in that it is completely intact and unaltered from its original installation; it was recently awarded a citation from the Organ Historical Society to acknowledge its historic value and authenticity.
The screening will take place at the Still River Meeting House, 215 Still River Road. Tickets for this fund raising event are $20; $15 for students and seniors.