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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:
5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Beautiful See more (170 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
Werner Herzog (book)

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
Florian Fricke 
Popol Vuh 
 
Cinematography by
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein 
 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
 
Production Design by
Henning von Gierke 
 
Costume Design by
Gisela Storch (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Dominique Colladant .... makeup artist
Reiko Kruk .... makeup artist
Ludovic Paris .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Rudolf Wolf .... production manager: CSSR
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Remmelt Remmelts .... assistant director
Mirko Tichacek .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jean Fontaine .... sound assistant
Harald Maury .... sound mixer
 
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
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Poppel .... assistant costume designer
 
Location Management
Joschi Arpa .... location manager (as Joshi Arpa)
 
Music Department
Vokal-Ensemble Gordela .... musician
 
Other crew
Michael Gruskoff .... presenter
Anja Schmidt-Zäringer .... script girl
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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)
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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 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (video rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (theatrical re-release) (2013) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (2001) | USA:PG | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
It has been stated by Werner Herzog that the rats that appear in the film behaved better than Klaus Kinski during the shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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...See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Drácula (1931)See more »
Soundtrack:
Der Ruf der RohrflöteSee more »

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What are the differences between the International Version and the German Version?
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71 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 11 December 2003
Author: Gafke from United States

Werner Herzog's remake of F. W. Murnau's classic film (the story for which Murnau stole without permission from Bram Stoker) is, thus far, my absolute favorite vampire film. I've only ever met one other person who made this claim. Everyone else said they were so bored by it that they either gave up on it or fell asleep in front of the TV.

I can understand this, even if I don't like it. Herzog's film moves at the pace of a fever dream, lingering long on shots of misty mountains and majestic rivers that some (like myself) will find breathtakingly beautiful, and others will find stunningly dull. This is a shame, but in these days of ten car chases, eight explosions and five sweaty sex scenes per film, I guess no one wants to appreciate the scenery as a main character anymore. Herzog has always had a knack for this, as anyone who has seen "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" well knows.

But, I digress. This version of Nosferatu, in places almost a frame for frame remake, is a masterpiece of homage. The slow, somewhat exaggerated reactions of his characters brilliantly echo the performances given by the silent actors in the original film. The landscape is moody and lovely and the sets are gorgeous, especially the phantom castle of The Count, haunted by memories and the strange ghost of a violin playing child. Lovely, ice-white Isabelle Adjani is here as the good and virtuous Lucy (the name reversal of the female characters is rather inexplicable, but it doesn't really matter) floating through the film like a beautiful dream and never once weakening in her faith, even in the face of ultimate horror. Bruno Ganz is somewhat stiff and unemotional, and one has to wonder why Lucy goes to such lengths to save this man who, for some reason, she loves with all her heart. Only in his moments of sickness and fear does Ganz emerge from his emotional void. But it is Klaus Kinski's incredible shadow that stretches over this film and swallows it whole.

Kinski plays his rat-faced, bald headed vampire with perfection. Yes, he complains about the loneliness of being undead, he laments his existence outside the realm of love and humanity, but he does it with a shrug instead of a whine, as if to say: "Yeah, I'm pretty much screwed, but what're ya gonna do?" He brings to his role of Vampire what very few actors (aside from Gary Oldman) have been able to: sympathy. He may hate what he has become, but he never apologizes for it. He is the ultimate scavenger, feeding off the dead and hiding in the darkness. Kinski's Count cannot even seduce. He simply takes. But his one scene with Isabelle is simply devastating, as he at long last reaches out to someone, hoping for love and salvation, and then quickly withdraws, the pain quite clear on his face, as he is sternly rejected.

The ending seems rather rushed and not very well thought-out; a true downer which basically nullifies the film. But the rest of the film is more than worth it, from the opening scenes of rotting mummies and bats flying in slow motion through to the muted spectacle of plague ridden madness as the dying dance in the streets to mournful background music. If you're expecting lots of splattering blood and half dressed girls writhing on their beds, then forget about appreciating this movie. You won't. But if you have a taste for grown-up fairy tales and stunning visuals, see this film.

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