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Nosferatu: The Vampire      (OT: Nosferatu- Phantom der Nacht)

Germany/France, 1978, Color, 108 min
Director Werner Herzog
Screenplay Werner Herzog
Model: Bram Stoker/Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Photography Jrg Schmidt-Reitwein
Music Popul Vuh (Florian Fricke)/Richard Wagner/
Charles Gounod/Vok Ansambl Gordela
Klaus Kinski Count Dracula
Isabelle Adjani Lucy Harker
Bruno Ganz Jonathan Harker
Jaques Dufilho Captain
Roland Topor Renfield
Walter Ladengast Dr. van Helsing

Remake of the silent movie classic of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, with some modifications. Here, the blood sucker's name is Dracula and not Orlock and Lucy's (in the original Ellen's) sacrifice cannot prevent Harker from being infected by the vampire.

The actors, a number of well-known names such as Klaus Kinsky, Isabell Adjani and Bruno Ganz stumble through a morbid masquerade which is at the same time colorless and pseudo-intellectual and doesn't even come close to the powerful pictures that can be seen in other projects of the team Herzog/Kinski, as for example "Fitz Carraldo" or "Woyzeck". This way, neither the fans of the genre nor the friends of modern German could acquire a taste for this partly superfluous movie, even if Werner Herzog made the prognosis that his movie wouldn't be surpassed during the following 50 years. Well - modesty is not everybody's virtue.


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