The best vampire flick in the history of horror!
When comparing this with Bram Stoker's Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola) you almost get a headache. The movie is just pure brilliance. As it opens with light, brown colors in the harmonic life of The Estate Agent Clerk (Gustav von Wangenheim) and his wife Greta Schröder until it ends with the tragic death of Count Orlok himself, Max Schreck (Almost as good as Kinski) you swim in elegant filmmaking.
F.W. Murnau clearly knew what he was doing when he rolled the film in 1922. (Now, that is a guy I'd like to talk with). I must say that the purity of Schreck's vampire-likeness, had a part to play also! (Some even say he was a Vampire himself!)
From start to end this movie is a wonderful creation from Germany.