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  • Lars Henriks

I need information on Prana Film!

I experienced a weird thing today. A while ago, I had checked out the book „Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens“ out of the library in Düsseldorf. It‘s a great book, detailing theoretician history of the Expressionst Classic! I was sure I had read in this book about occultist Albin Grau, who was the art designer and producer of Nosferatu, and his grand plans for his production company „Prana Film“. The Crowley associate Grau had planned to make an initial eight movies. Of course, the Bram Stoker‘s widow stomped Prana Film into the ground with a copyright lawsuit and robbed the world of eight masterpieces, failing to get even Nosferatu to disappear forever (not for a lack of trying, though!).

I have this weirdly solid memory of seeing Grau‘s designs for film posters for those nine films in this book. I just looked through it in the Hamburg library and they aren‘t there. A quick Google search does confirm the general facts though. Three books mention the other Prana film titles in passing, no further information and no posters to find anywhere. Finding information on Albin Grau and Prana Film isn‘t exactly easy. I‘m writing something about the topic though and I‘d really like to get my hands on some more information, particularly on the abandoned projects. Do any of you guys know any sources I could turn to? Do you have any idea how I could find out what I want to know?

I‘d be really grateful for some help!

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