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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
This movie is a true relief for everyone who thought the genre of horror and
mystery was dead and buried. It feels good to see that it's still possible
to create movies like this. Even though the plot is rather simple, the movie
seems to be very original and innovating. The basic idea behind this movie
is so simple that it is - in fact - brilliant and it makes me wonder why
nobody has thought about this earlier. The movie is completely based on the
very early horror milestone "Nosferatu, ein symphony des grauens". Legendary
actor Max Schrek is portrayed here like a REAL vampire who regularly takes a
bite out of his crew. Director F.W. Murnau knows about this but finishing
his movie is a higher priority to him than to sacrifice a few people.
This theme makes it of course a must for the ancient horror fans. Lots of
footage and trivia of the 1922 masterpiece are shown and that's a real extra
value for true cinema buffs ! But of course, this movie reaches far above
average thanks to the brilliant performances. A totally disguised Willem
Dafoe is absolutely amazing in his role of Max Shreck. It's like looking at
the real Schrek...the resemblance is terrific. His appearance (especially
the long nails) give you the creeps whenever he's on screen and his voice
haunts your head every time he says something. Dafoe never gives away a bad
performance but this one is extraordinary. And of course,the same can be
said about John Malkovich...his portrayal of director F.W. Murnau is
extremely realistic and believable. He plays Murnau as the man who slowly
goes insane because he tries to be too perfect. An amazing performance !!
There aren't many shock effects to detect in this movie but that's rather
normal, right ? After all, it's more like a costume-drama than it is horror.
The lack of exiting scenes is made up by the constant presence of tension
and an extremely appropriate atmosphere. Also, a perfect image of Eastern
Europe in the 1920's is presented to the audience. All these aspects make a
much better movie then just some ordinary slashing and slicing throats. A
must see !!
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