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Join a silent film discussion on 'Nosferatu' Oct. 16

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  • On Monday, Oct. 16, learn about "Nosferatu," a 1922 silent film by the German Expressionist director F.W. Murnau, with film lecturer John Nygro at the St. Charles Public Library.

    On Monday, Oct. 16, learn about "Nosferatu," a 1922 silent film by the German Expressionist director F.W. Murnau, with film lecturer John Nygro at the St. Charles Public Library.
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St. Charles Public Library

Silent films are visually striking representations of human emotions, including fear and uncertainty.

Film lecturer John Nygro presents a discussion about the classic silent horror film, "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror," at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the Carnegie Community Room on the mezzanine level of the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave.

This 1922 silent film, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok, is an unauthorized adaptation of the 1897 Gothic horror novel "Dracula" by Irish author Bram Stoker.

The film was directed by the great German Expressionist film director F.W. Murnau, who later went on to direct the one of the first Oscar-winning films, the 1927 silent romantic drama "Sunrise" with Janet Gaynor.

Nygro will present a one-hour talk about the classic silent horror film featuring digitally restored highlights. The stark, memorable images and striking camera angles serve to make this a masterpiece, not only of silent film but also of all cinematic expression.

Nygro is a lecturer, musician, conductor and actor with a career spanning over 30 years. As a lecturer, he has spoken on a number of subjects from theater and opera to classical music to film and television. He continues to teach music courses at the Newberry Library, where he also leads seminars on the works of Shakespeare.

Nygro is a regular instructor at the Center for Life and Learning, where he teaches film, television, theater, and opera. His lectures have been heard at Northwestern University, University of Maryland at Baltimore, and at several Lyric Opera of Chicago Chapters as well as many Chicago libraries and arts organizations.

Registration is required. Sign up at the reference desk, by calling (630) 584-0076, ext. 1, or online at www.stcharleslibrary.org.

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