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Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (original title)
Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

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Roland Topor ...
Renfield
Walter Ladengast ...
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Jan Groth ...
Harbormaster
Carsten Bodinus ...
Schrader
Martje Grohmann ...
Mina
Rijk de Gooyer ...
Town official (as Ryk de Gooyer)
Clemens Scheitz ...
Clerk
Lo van Hensbergen ...
Harbormaster's Assistent
John Leddy ...
Coachman
Margiet van Hartingsveld ...
Vrouw
Tim Beekman ...
Coffinbearer
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Jonathan Harker is sent away to Count Dracula's castle to sell him a house in Wismar 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 Wismar, 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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Trivia

In order to get the restrained performance out of Klaus Kinski that Werner Herzog desired, he reused a trick from the making of Aguirre - the wrath of God. While Kinski wanted the play Dracula as more energetic, Herzog would provoke Kinski into a massive tantrum so he would be exhausted when the time came to shot a scene. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Count Dracula: [subtitled version] Time is an abyss... profound as a thousand nights... Centuries come and go... To be unable to grow old is terrible... Death is not the worst... Can you imagine enduring centuries, experiencing each day the same futilities...
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Soundtracks

Brothers of Darkness, Sons Of Light
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(Featured in German and American film Versions)
(main theme)
Written by Florian Fricke
Performed by Popol Vuh
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies Records
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Bloodsucking of the breathtakingly grand.
16 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

What artistic brilliance upon Werner Herzog's behalf, but Klaus Kiniski and Isabelle Adjani stamp their lasting marks as well. Never have I been so caught up, amazed and blown away from such profound positioning, poetically creative imagery and mesmerizing performances. I found it incredibly hard to take my eyes off the screen, even though the story has been done to death. Each vividly lush and fairy-tale engraved set piece is set-up, and I hungrily waited to analyse and soak-up this magnificent art form of symbolic and superstitious embellishment. Atmospheric, old fashion chills of the subtle, but still blood-curdling kind fill Herzog's stunningly protracted direction. The story is there, but it's the little details that sets this canvas in motion. The gloomy tone of the film is powerfully brooding from the air of growing despair, loneliness to the smothering stench of dark, lingering death. Kiniski sensationally emit's a sullen, heart-felt turn where he's shadowy exterior creeps up upon you and causes goose bumps. His make-up and body movement is simply trance-like, and stares you down. He's a scavenger, which goes after what he wants and not under any sort seductive appeal. A soulful Adjani is awe-inspiring, and gracefully evokes a versatile performance that also demands your attention. A quite dry Bruno Gaz does well, and an unforgettable Roland Topor as Dracula's loyal servant totally cackles like an on edge hyena. Picturesque cinematography with unique camera-shots, and a forlornly dreamy orchestral music score set the tone. I pretty much agree with others when they say it's a hard one to put into clear and concise words. Just see it.


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