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Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

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Wolfgang Müller
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Milos Hlavac ...
Innkeeper (as Milos Hlavak)
Marja-Leena Junker ...
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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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Drama | Horror

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Burned to Light  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$94,390 (USA) (5 January 2001)

Gross:

$8,279,017 (USA) (30 March 2001)
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Udo Kier, who appears as Albin Grau, played the Count himself in Blood for Dracula (1974) and Vampire Elder Dragonetti in Blade (1998) See more »

Goofs

When Greta is lying on the bed looking in the mirror at herself and terrified that Max Schreck has no reflection in the mirror, her own movements do not match with her movements that are reflected in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

F.W. Murnau: Why him, you monster? Why not the... script girl?
Max Schreck: Oh. The script girl. I'll eat her later.
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Crazy Credits

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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Tristan Und Isolde - Overture
Written by Richard Wagner
Courtesy of KPM Music Limited
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blew me away
23 January 2001 | by (Boston, USA) – See all my reviews

This has got to be the pinnacle of movie making genius. Anyone even remotely interested in suspense, film making, vampires, German Expressionism, or simply in being entertained should make it a point to see this challenging, evocative, thought-provoking and funny film.

Reviewers I've read seemed outraged at the liberties the film took with the premise of Nosferatu. I thought it was an imaginative and extremely compelling take.

John Malkovich, as always, is brilliant, but nothing prepared me for how scintillating Willem Dafoe's Schreck was. The man is amazing.

I'm taking my friends to see it this weekend!


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