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11/11/2013 10:19 am  


Nosferatu’s Long Shadow

Classic of German Horror on Blu-ray

Included in the set is a fascinating documentary, The Language of Shadow, which tours some of the still extant sites in Lubeck and the Carpathian Mountains (Orlok’s castle still stands) and explores the occultism of Nosferatu’s producer Albin Grau and screenwriter Henrik Galeen. Both were part of a network of occult lodges linked to Aleister Crowley. Along with the influence of Biedermeier paintings, Nosferatu was suffused with occult images. Murnau’s interest in such things is left unclear.

http://expressmilwaukee.com/blog-9686-nosferatu%E2%80%99s-long-shadow.html

The Language of Shadow Documentary on Youtube
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11/11/2013 1:30 pm  

Just watched this video over my lunchtime. 18mins in where the occult connections and links to AC start to develop.


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11/11/2013 6:39 pm  

Indeed, Albin Grau was involved with Tränker, present at Weida, and later went on to work with Metzger.  Unfortunately, the planned biography of Grau seems like it will never make it to availability…


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11/11/2013 7:59 pm  

Paul,

thanks for the documentary link.

I didn't/don't know much about Grau beyond him being an artist / designer and know even less about his occult interests. It seems from the documentary he was a keen mathematician as well as being interested in Egyptology / Heirooglyphs.

I'm on a promise to watch Nosferatu with my daughter back-to-back with the original Universal Studios Dracula when she comes home for the December holidays... so I'll definitely be picking up a copy of the DVD.

I wasn't aware the opening scenes of Nosferatu were filmed in Wismar - we holidayed there some years ago and ate at a restaurant in what was the Customs House next to the quay where Nosferatu disembarks. The town guide book I have fails to mention the film.

There is mention of the documentary and introduction to Grau amongst others at http://www.raymondowen.com/2010/11/nosferatu-and-the-occultists/

The above page ends with a dead link to Koenig's site which is/was said to include:

“…Markus Kumer (formerly a Metzger loyalist) recalled Grau and his disabled daughter often went on visits to Stein. Grau’s films of Crowley’s visit to Germany had ended up at Stein. Telephone conversation on 8.10.91.” The rediscovery of films of Aleister Crowley shot by Albin Grau would be a noteworthy event indeed.

Has anyone come across this before?


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11/11/2013 9:22 pm  

I enjoyed the documentary. I thought to watch a few minutes of it but watched it to the end. The missing Koenig link is http://www.parareligion.ch/fs1.htm
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11/11/2013 10:46 pm  

Yes, the legend of Grau's films of AC (shot at Weida) has remained just that, a legend.  Even Stephen Strauss, Grau's biographer, with full access to Grau's archival materials, was unable to verify whether there was ever actual footage and if so, what may have happened to it in the intervening years.


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11/11/2013 11:49 pm  

We have Bram Stoker in classical print, and two major films, and, gee-wiz, everybody involved is some kind of a recognized initiatory link - either as a "member" of GD or (pre)OTO, or (actual)OTO or as KTHOW-x (Known To Hang Out With - [agent] X). That means there are indications that The Vampire Legend has some basis in Truth - which it does - just like any other archetype. This is a case of certain geniuses who appear to be members of the "fringe metaphysical community" going out with word and film and tapping into a fairly large percentage of the collective unconsciousness.

Tales of vampires seem to be ancient, and certain instruments (book+cinema) brought the entire world a common (more or less) image of what we're up against. The popular response tells us that the author/actors were successful in scaring the s**t out of a whole, big, lotta people. The Beatles were a prime example of this "tuning in" to what the common (young) man & woman want ... or are afraid of. 😮

AC sez: "The great test is so well known, and accounts have already been published, that it can be here plainly stated. Early in his career, the Aspirant is exposed to the seductions of a Vampire, and warned in due form and due season. Sleep with A,B,C,D,E and F, my lad, and our hearty best wishes! But not with G on any account, on peril of your work!  So off he goes to G, without a second's hesitation. This test may be prolonged; the deadliness and subtlety of the danger has been recognized, and he may have half a dozen warnings, either direct or springing from his relations with her. And the penalty is not so drastically final; often he gets off with a term of penal servitude. On the other hand, the Aspirant who can spot at the first hint why the Masters think that particular woman a danger, and acts promptly and decisively as he should, is secretly marked down as a sword of very fine temper indeed!"
- Magick Without Tears

Well, here (^), he is talking about the core of the vampire legend as applied to the "path." There's always the embodiement of Mata Hari, or The Dragon Lady, who is very magentically endowed and who is also very subtle without being obvious due to a semi-retardation of their emotional wholeness imprinting. In short, they are programmed for complete domination of the candidate, so that he (or she) is whisked right off their feet in a battle between me (the sexy vampire) and them (those f**king initiate bastards!)

This archetypal encounter is very real. And it takes a while, but eventually you (anyone) will come to see that it's not just that big soap-opera rite of the Probationer-Neophyte realm, but that the process continues and replays again, but in a more subtle manner, at each of the major stages upon the "path."

But AC also said (somewhere ?) that there really were folks like Dracula. He implied that Stoker had gotten all his facts correct.

So What the [bleep]?  I have seen the initiatory type ad nauseum, and I have seen a vampiric "posession" "overshadowing" in the energy fields of some archetypically-induced victim. Oh Gawd, it always ends up so dreadful for them (the vampiric vehicles) - in the long run. I could write a whole book on it. Note that this fancy scenario just might be a case of a possessive mate versus the candidates "club.," if you wanted to be Freudian or whatever.

But I never encountered a full-blown Dracula-class example, and (although there are documentaries that will horrorize you) neither has science nor legis nor pathology.

So what's with AC implying that they (the physical vampires) are real?


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11/11/2013 11:58 pm  

1.) Language [s:3h6semd2]Timothy[/s:3h6semd2] Shiva please!
2.) I'm waiting for Los to jump out quote your vampire comments and claim he will laugh at them externally? No?
3.) I knew a girl once.... etc... etc.... and concur

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12/11/2013 1:49 am  
"Hamal" wrote:
I'm waiting for Los to jump out quote your vampire comments and claim he will laugh at them externally? No?

Umm, if I failed to make it clear, the "overshadowing" & "possession" were astral, which means "illusionary vision not rooted in the physical world." Los and I are probably both open to scientific proof of blood-drinking vampires who are magnetic and who can convert/produce/make more vampires, but, personally, I have no existentialist experience of such a lineage. So, for now, I'll have to laugh along with him.

"Hamal" wrote:
I knew a girl once.... etc... etc.... and concur.

Concur with what? With the general description of the ONE who is appointed to get you to lose your "focus" on the "path," giving away to unbounded exstasy? If yes, then you know what I mean, and you are part of the "club."  Which club?  Well that depends on whether you won or the vampire won.

Anyway, we can understand about AC's description of them sucking out all the heat in the room and all the consciousness in one's heart, but I asked "what about this business of AC implying that there were full-blown physical vampires?"


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12/11/2013 9:22 am  
"jdes" wrote:
Has anyone come across this before?

93!

I have the new Traenker bio not at hand right now, but - if I remember correctly - Lechler and Kistemann (the authors) mention these films and say they are definitely lost unfortunately. I will check tonight if I can. Some other interesting stuff about Grau also in this book.

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12/11/2013 12:00 pm  

But AC also said (somewhere ?) that there really were folks like Dracula. He implied that Stoker had gotten all his facts correct.

M.W.T. Ch 66.

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You, however, are thinking more of the vampire of romance.  Bram Stoker's Dracula and its kindred. This is a splendidly well-documented book, by the way; he got his "facts" and their legal and magical surroundings, perfectly correct.

It is easy enough to laugh at vampires if you live in Upper Tooting, or Surbiton, or one of those places where no self-respecting Vampire would wish to be seen.  But in a lonely mountain village in Bulgaria you might feel differently about it!  You should remember, incidentally, that the evidence for vampires is as strong as for pretty well anything else in the world.  There are innumerable records extant of legal proceedings wherein the most sober, responsible, worthy and well-respected citizens, including the advocates and judges, investigated case after case with the utmost minuteness, with the most distinguished surgeons and anatomists to swear to the clinical details.
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The missing Koenig link is http://www.parareligion.ch/fs1.htm

Thanks OKontrair.

Lechler and Kistemann (the authors) mention these films and say they are definitely lost unfortunately.

Thanks Lutz.


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12/11/2013 6:44 pm  
"Shiva" wrote:
[Umm, if I failed to make it clear, the "overshadowing" & "possession" were astral, which means "illusionary vision not rooted in the physical world."

It's the old all in his head discussion all over again... is his head and all within it not part of the physical world? No, no, I'll move on. We'll only end up throwing big words around, stroking our chins and trying to sound profound to one another.

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12/11/2013 8:21 pm  

The missing Koenig link is http://www.parareligion.ch/fs1.htm

This "missing link" (^) says "Lodge-School Discourse 7 informed its readers that extract of Peyote-cactus was available through the publishers, also enthusiastically advocating the use of hashish."

Oh my goodness!  They wouldn't be able to be current on lashtal. "Available" and "enthusiastically advocating" are definitely promoting activity that would be illegal in the UK-USA these days. But just imagine a yesteryear, when such catalysts were legally available from one's local druggist - or from one's favorite publisher, no less!  And, it seems, all of these historical characters were running around (or sitting still), in an altered state of consciousness  😮


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13/11/2013 12:03 am  
"Shiva" wrote:

The missing Koenig link is http://www.parareligion.ch/fs1.htm

This "missing link" (^) says "Lodge-School Discourse 7 informed its readers that extract of Peyote-cactus was available through the publishers, also enthusiastically advocating the use of hashish."

Oh my goodness!  They wouldn't be able to be current on lashtal. "Available" and "enthusiastically advocating" are definitely promoting activity that would be illegal in the UK-USA these days. But just imagine a yesteryear, when such catalysts were legally available from one's local druggist - or from one's favorite publisher, no less!  And, it seems, all of these historical characters were running around (or sitting still), in an altered state of consciousness  😮

LOL!  😀 i have a Peyote and several San Pedro cactus on my window sill. I care for them, but both they and I know they are on the menu, yum yum!

But then I live in my own legal jurisdiction in a parallel universe far far away.

😉
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