Figure 12: The all-seeing eye, surrounded by an owl, stag, scorpion, hound, lion and presumed hermetic symbols.
Production designer Albin Grau [1894/12/22 - 1942/10/?] is claimed to have been associated with an unidentified mystical fraternity. The letter from the vampire, Count Orlock, incorporates many hermetic symbols and John Gottowts character, Professor Bulwer, is described in the credits as a Paracelsian. The name Bulwer may also be significant. Prana-Film, created by Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau in 1921, was intended for a series of films on the mystical and supernatural but went bankrupt, leaving Nosferatu as its only legacy. The first vampire movie was Károly Lajthays Drakula halála (1921).
Nosferatu, a symphony of horror. Max Schreck (d. 1936), Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroeder, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach. Directed by F.W. Murnau [Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe, 1889/12/28 - 1931/03/11] After the novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. Freely composed by Henrik Galeen. Germany. black and white (tinted), silent, 1922.