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Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  26 January 2001 (USA)
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The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible.

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Shadow of the Vampire is a film about the making of a German all time classic silent horror-movie from 1922 called Nosferatu-Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu-a Symphony of Horror). The production of Nosferatu had to deal with a lot of strange things (some crew members disappeared, some died). This movie focuses on the difficult relationship between Murnau, the director, and Schreck, the lead actor. Written by Anonymous

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An Unspeakable Horror. A Creative Genius. Captured For Eternity.

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Rated R for some sexuality, drug content, violence and language | See all certifications »

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26 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

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£42,539 (UK) (2 February 2001)

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$8,279,017 (USA) (30 March 2001)
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The locomotive that conveys the film crew to Czechoslovakia is named "Charon". In Greek myth, Charon was the ferryman who conveyed the souls of the dead across the river Styx. See more »

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When Gustav climbs down a ladder, bragging, he finishes the sentence with stepping on the ground. Then he is shown climbing down again, purportedly continuing the previous thought. See more »

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F.W. Murnau: I will not allow you to destroy my picture!
Max Schreck: This is hardly your picture any longer.
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The Steamer, a revolutionary machine designed and built to cure the foam prosthetics rapidly due to the very limited production constraints. A world first in foam latex curing within the film industry. See more »

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References Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) See more »

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Tristan Und Isolde - Overture
Written by Richard Wagner
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Utter trash, disguised as high art
27 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

As a silent film fanatic, I went to see this film as soon as it opened, highly anticipating what I thought would be a fitting tribute to F. W. Murnau. I left the theater and demanded my money back after the first 45 minutes. It was that terrible.

It's shameful that so much talent went into the making of a film that sounded so unique and had so much promise, but turned out to be an utter wreck. It seems to me that none of the people involved had any love for Murnau's art or for silent film in general. In fact, I think the film was made with the same contempt as "Fractured Flickers" or others of that ilk. All of the actors, but especially Dafoe, "hammed up" the silent film acting so that everyone in the audience laughed. Malkovich, as Murnau, cranks the film at different speeds according to his whim, and he and his cameraman are never cranking at even remotely the same speed. He directs his actors by saying "Now go here, now do this, now do that..." as though silent film directors merely "talked" their actors through their paces. All of this is ridiculous as Malkovich is touted as a "genius" and lectures on and on about film as art. What we see on the screen is silent film as a joke, which makes all this talk of "genius" into a laugh.

If you are a fan of silent film, or if you are someone who would like to learn more about Murnau, do yourself a favor--rent "Noseferatu" or "Sunrise" and watch genius from the source. Don't waste the time or money to see this film.

However, if you're just going to see a vampire flick or a cheesy horror movie along the lines of "Scream", or if you think silent films are a joke, then your $7 won't be wasted.


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