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Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (original title)
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Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland Topor ...
Walter Ladengast ...
Jan Groth ...
Carsten Bodinus ...
Martje Grohmann ...
Rijk de Gooyer ...
Town official (as Ryk de Gooyer)
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Lo van Hensbergen ...
Harbormaster's Assistent
John Leddy ...
Margiet van Hartingsveld ...
Tim Beekman ...


Jonathan Harker is sent away to Count Dracula's castle to sell him a house in Varna, where Jonathan lives. But Count Dracula is a vampire, an undead ghoul living off of men's blood. Inspired by a photograph of Lucy Harker, Jonathan's wife, Dracula moves to Varna, bringing with him death and plague... An unusually contemplative version of Dracula, in which the vampire bears the curse of not being able to get old and die. Written by Yepok

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17 January 1979 (France)  »

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Werner Herzog has said that he feels that the original Nosferatu (1922) is the greatest of all German films. He made this comment in a radio interview with Terry Gross in 1998. See more »


Though everyone on the ship dies during its voyage with Dracula aboard, including its captain, it still manages to miraculously reach its intended destination, the very town in which Lucy and Jonathan live. Even assuming Dracula was a competent navigator, the ship would be left to wander aimlessly through the daylight hours, rendering it completely unfeasible that it could arrive before Jonathan. See more »


Count Dracula: The absence of love is the most abject pain.
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Der Ruf der Rohrflöte
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Performed by Popol Vuh
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Atmospheric, creepy and gorgeous
28 September 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Another classic collaboration of Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski, Nosferatu is not just a remake of the F. W. Murnau silent classic, but an extension of it. Herzog not only develops the Stoker story more directly than the original did, but even reintroduces the original characters - Orlok becomes Dracula, and the Hutters become the Harkers.

Like many of the films involving Herzog and Kinski, Nosferatu is a period piece and creates the context of its plot through beautiful cinematography and a relentless but unhasty pace, not through the script. ThoughKinski dominates the screen just as he always does in these collaborations, the performances of fellow greats Isabelle Adjani and Bruno Ganz are also worthy of mention. Ganz's Jonathan Harker is certainly the most sympathetic character in the film, and Adjani's Lucy is beautiful, spooky, and just odd enough to fit the role perfectly.

Nosferatu is a retelling of the Dracula tale. Unlike its generally inferior competitors, Nosferatu - both the 1922 and 1979 versions - sticks very close to Bram Stoker's text - neither elaborating the focus on bloodsucking (obsessed upon by most American interpretations of Dracula), nor revising Jonathan Harker and Dr. Van Helsing as heroic characters, nor adding erotic or romantic elements to the depravity of the original concept. If you know what Stoker was about, you will thrill to the often forgotten aspects of Stoker's novel which are redeemed here - the plague rats, the gypsies, etc.

Kinki's intensity allows him to become a perfect Dracula. He understands his role perfectly and never once slips out of 'the hunter'. This is another very important aspect of the Stoker legend which has been sadly contorted by the popularization of the Dracula legend. Nosferatu's Count Dracula is not a charming eastern European gentleman with a quirky bloodsucking habit and a lovesick soul, he is a wily, terrifying, soulless, inhuman, obsessive, predator. And he has absolutely no concern for the affairs of Homo sapiens sapiens.

The film is mostly shot in Amsterdam's old city, which fits the mood of the film well. Other locations are in Germany, and Dracula's castle, for once, is an actual castle - even the interior shots! The wonderfully eerie and disorienting Popul Vuh soundtrack compliments the typically Herzogian picture-perfect visuals.

This is a great film for those seeking an accessible introduction to film-as-art, and the legendary collaborations of Herzog and Kinski. It will likely annoy those who think of Dracula as a good looking romantic guy with a nasty habit, but is highly recommended for fans of Stoker's original work.


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