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Nadja (1994)

This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional family of vampires are trying to come to terms with each other, in the wake of ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Bar Victim
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Dracula / Dr. Van Helsing
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Jim
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Boxing Coach
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Waitress
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Bartender
Bernadette Jurkowski ...
Jeff Winner ...
Young Dracula
Sean ...
Bela
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Cassandra
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Edgar
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This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional family of vampires are trying to come to terms with each other, in the wake of their father's death. Meanwhile, they are being hunted by Dr. Van Helsing and his hapless nephew. As in all good vampire movies, forces of love are pitted against forces of destruction. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Unseen. Unforgiving. Undead. See more »

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Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some scenes of bizarre vampire sexuality and gore, and for some language | See all certifications »
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1 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nadja, o thilykos vrykolakas  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$446,934 (USA)
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Trivia

Peter Fonda was cast at the suggestion of Eric Stoltz who, due to other commitments, was unable to take a part in the film. At the time, Stoltz was Bridget Fonda's boyfriend, Bridget of course being Peter Fonda's daughter. See more »

Goofs

In the opening dialog between Nadja and the man at the bar, Nadja is initially wearing a scarf over her hair. At one point the camera cuts to the man's face and we see the back of Nadja's head, but now suddenly and inexplicably, the scarf has disappeared and remains absent for the rest of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Nadja: It's hard to read a medical book without feeling disgust for the whole human race. Our bodies are so complicated and ugly.
Cassandra: Compared to what?
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Connections

References The Naked Kiss (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers
Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, Adrian Utley, and Wayne Shorter
Performed by Portishead
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A modern masterpiece.
15 March 1999 | by (Tucson, Arizona) – See all my reviews

This film received its fair share of support from critics and fans alike. However, despite good reviews and a loyal following it is still a vastly underrated film. Michael Almereyda has crafted a film which will have to endure time to receive the appreciation it deserves.

A Dracula-esque modern day myth with subtle humor and shades of Poe this film is truly a work of genius. The story is remarkably tight and the characters around which it revolves are rendered in incredible depth. Wry humor lends to the tale with brilliance. At one point a title card reads: "Transylvania" and to illustrate the location a small boy hops around with a Mickey-Mouse hat on his head. Not quite the wolf-ridden moors you expected, but still...

Elina Löwensohn shines as the title character, it is not every actor who can so elegantly work with dialogue such as this. She delivers with a candor that is almost absent from films of the last few years, the major ones at least. Galaxy Craze shines brightly opposite Martin Donovan. Peter Fonda is perfect as the Van Helsing character. Suzy Amis, Jared Harris, and Karl Geary do not fail to impress.

Look for Jim Denault's lush 35mm cinematography. He deals out light sparingly to accomplish with sheen and brilliance what most cinematographers dream of. An image so seeped in mood that any one still-frame contains such power as to function independently from the whole.

"Nadja" transcends the limitations of its medium to become something that is truly rare in the modern cinema landscape... A work of art.


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