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Nosferatu the Vampyre -- 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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Release Date:
17 January 1979 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Hypnotic and exquisitely photographed See more (154 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Klaus Kinski ... Count Dracula

Isabelle Adjani ... Lucy Harker

Bruno Ganz ... Jonathan Harker
Roland Topor ... Renfield
Walter Ladengast ... Dr. Van Helsing

Dan van Husen ... Warden
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
Jacques Dufilho ... Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Edols ... Lord of the manor (uncredited)

Werner Herzog ... Hand and Feet in Box with Rats (uncredited)
Stefan Husar ... (uncredited)
Norbert Losch ... (uncredited)
Johan te Slaa ... (uncredited)
Beverly Walker ... Nun (uncredited)

Attila Árpa ... Violinist Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Werner Herzog  writer
Bram Stoker  novel "Dracula" (uncredited)

Produced by
Werner Herzog .... producer
Walter Saxer .... executive producer
Michael Gruskoff .... producer (uncredited)
Daniel Toscan du Plantier .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Popol Vuh 
 
Cinematography by
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein 
 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
 
Production Design by
Henning von Gierke 
 
Costume Design by
Gisela Storch 
 
Makeup Department
Dominique Colladant .... makeup artist
Reiko Kruk .... makeup artist
Ludovic Paris .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Rudolf Wolf .... production manager: Czechoslovakia
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Remmelt Remmelts .... assistant director
Mirko Tichacek .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ulrich Bergfelder .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jean Fontaine .... sound assistant
Harald Maury .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Cornelius Siegel .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Chiarini .... still photographer (as Dr. Claude Chiarini)
Mike Gast .... second camera (as Michael Gast)
Martin Gerbl .... gaffer
Anton Urban .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Poppel .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Vokal-Ensemble Gordela .... musician
 
Other crew
Joschi Arpa .... location manager
Michael Gruskoff .... presenter
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer .... script girl
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht" - West Germany (original title)
"Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
107 min | USA:96 min (theatrical version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (video rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (2013) | USA:PG | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The coach that picks up Harker at the Borgo pass was a real hearse that was actually still in use in Bulgaria at the time of the shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Dialogue implies that Dracula wishes to travel by sea in order to save time on the land journey from Transylvania to Wismar. However, the route by sea is far longer, and involves sailing around most of the circumference of Europe. Even assuming Dracula has the power to influence the winds and speed up the journey (which is not stated in this version), it seems highly unlikely he could make a faster journey than by taking the land route.See more »
Quotes:
Count Dracula:Death is not the worst. There are things more horrible than death.See more »
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Soundtrack:
SanctusSee more »

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What are the differences between the International Version and the German Version?
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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Hypnotic and exquisitely photographed, 19 February 1999
Author: Don Fergusson (don@composers.com) from NJ, USA

Werner Herzog's version of Murnau's classic NOSFERATU is a captivating experience. Klaus Kinski is perfect as Count Dracula. He brilliantly conveys the loneliness and sadness of a creature who longs to be human. Count Dracula is the victim in this film, he does not enjoy his immortality and wants only to live, love and die like a human. Isabelle Adjani's ethereal beauty punctuates her ghostlike performance as Lucy, and Bruno Ganz turns in another solid performance as Jonathan.

Like other Herzog films, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE is exquisitely photographed, eliciting an almost transcendental experience. Jonathan's journey to Dracula's castle, the dancing of the plague-ridden townsfolk, and the final scene are prime examples.

Once again, using the compositions of Popol Vuh and Wagner, Herzog creates an effective amalgamation of images an music.

One drawback to the film is that it is so beautiful to look at, it is not especially frightening. This may discourage some Dracula fans, but to those who want a hypnotic, smart vampire film, this is the one to see.

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