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Klaus Kinski had to spend approximately four hours per day in make-up. Fresh latex ear pieces had to be poured for each day of shooting because they were destroyed at removal. Kinski, notorious for his violent daily temper-tantrums, had a very good relationship to Japanese make-up artist Reiko Kruk and was exceedingly patient and well-behaved during make-up.
The scene where Nosferatu arrives in the city required thousands of grey rats. Real grey rats were unavailable and therefore white ones were painted grey and used instead.
As this movie was made long after the copyright to Bram Stoker's Dracula had expired, Werner Herzog decided to restore the original names of the characters, while still following the movie blueprint laid out by F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922).
Procuring rats for the film proved difficult, though the production eventually procured a large quantity from a scientific research facility. When shipped to Holland for filming, a customs inspector reportedly fainted upon opening their crate and discovering its contents. In addition to the notorious dye job the rats had to endure, each had to undergo spaying or neutering to control their breeding. Animal rights activists have also alleged that the rats were underfed and actually began to eat one another during production.
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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.
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The exceedingly difficult slow-motion shots of a bat in flight were not shot by Werner Herzog's crew but borrowed from a scientific documentary.
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The whole crew comprised 16 people - twice as many as Werner Herzog had when he shot Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972).
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One of five Dracula movies made and released around 1979. The films are Dracula (1979), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Love at First Bite (1979), Nocturna (1979) and Graf Dracula in Oberbayern (1979). Also from 1979 were the vampire movies Thirst (1979) and Salem's Lot (1979).
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Production designer Henning von Gierke, also an accomplished chef who enjoyed cooking for the crew, prepared the food for the breakfast shot himself.
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The characters Mina and Lucy have their roles reversed from what they were in the Bram Stoker novel. The same was true of Dracula (1979).
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At the request of distributor 20th Century Fox, Herzog produced two versions of the film simultaneously, to appeal to English-speaking audiences. Scenes with dialogue were filmed twice, in German and in English, meaning that the actor's own voices (as opposed to dubbed dialogue by voice actors) could be included in the English version of the film. Herzog himself said in 2014 that the German version was more "authentic."
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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.
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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.
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The cream dress with red sleeves worn by Isabelle Adjani is almost an exact replica of the dress worn in the painting La Belle Iseult, by William Morris.
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Klaus Kinski (Count Dracula) previously played Renfield in Count Dracula (1970).
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This was one of five Dracula films released in 1979, the other four being Dracula (1979), Love at First Bite (1979), Nocturna (1979) and Graf Dracula in Oberbayern (1979). In the same year, Vlad Tepes (1979), a Romanian film concerning the historical figure on whom the Count was based, was released. 1979 also saw the release of two other vampire films: Thirst (1979) and Salem's Lot (1979)
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Beverly Walker:  as a nun.
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Director Cameo 

Werner Herzog:  the person who sticks his foot into the coffin and gets his toe bitten by a rat.
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