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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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17 January 1979 (France) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Atmospheric, creepy and gorgeous See more (153 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)
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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
 
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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)
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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 (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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Trivia:
Werner Herzog cast Roland Topor as Renfield after seeing him in a French TV show. He had been greatly impressed with the crazy, utterly desperate laugh with which Topor had concluded his every statement on that show. Reprising the laugh in Nosferatu, it is much more pronounced in the English version of the film than the German.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Harker walks along a rocky ledge by a river on his way to the Count's castle, a sturdy guardrail made of cement posts and thick metal wires is clearly visible along the edge of the path.See more »
Quotes:
Count Dracula:[subtitled version] Time is an abyss...See more »
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Soundtrack:
Tsintskaro (Zinskaro)See more »

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57 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric, creepy and gorgeous, 28 September 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

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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