Max Schreck in F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu - Phantom der Nacht”
“Nosferatu”, Wilhelm Friedrich Murnau, 1922
During the filming of Nosferatu, Schreck reportedly stayed in character at all times, even when the cameras weren’t rolling, and the cast and crew never saw him out of full makeup and costume. While this immersive approach to acting is commonplace now, it was unusual back then and his appearance and behavior led to wild rumors that Schreck actually was a vampire. If this photo is indicative of Schreck’s demeanor around the set of Nosferatu, the crew’s wariness seems understandable.