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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Malkovich ... Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Willem Dafoe ... Max Schreck

Udo Kier ... Albin Grau

Cary Elwes ... Fritz Arno Wagner

Catherine McCormack ... Greta Schröder

Eddie Izzard ... Gustav von Wangenhein
Aden Gillett ... Henrik Galeen
Nicholas Elliott ... Paul (as Nicholas Elliot)

Ronan Vibert ... Wolfgang Müller
Sophie Langevin ... Elke
Myriam Muller ... Maria
Milos Hlavac ... Innkeeper (as Milos Hlavak)
Marja-Leena Junker ... Innkeeper's Wife

Derek Kueter ... Reporter 1
Norman Golightly ... Reporter 2
Patrick Hastert ... Reporter 3
Sascha Ley ... Drunken Woman (as Sacha Ley)
Marie-Paule von Roesgen ... Old Woman (as Marie Paule Van Roesgen)
Jean-Claude Croes ... Murnau's Crew (as Jean Claude Croes)
Christophe Chrompin ... Murnau's Crew (as Christophe Crompin)
Graham Johnston ... Murnau's Crew
Orian Williams ... Murnau's Crew
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Micheline (uncredited)
Radica Jovicic ... Murnau's Crew (uncredited)

Directed by
E. Elias Merhige 
Writing credits
Steven Katz (written by)

Produced by
Paul Brooks .... executive producer
Nicolas Cage .... producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer (as Jimmy De Brabant)
Norman Golightly .... associate producer (as Norm Golightly)
Alan Howden .... executive producer
Richard Johns .... co-producer
Jeff Levine .... producer
Jean-Claude Schlim .... line producer (as Jean Claude Schlim)
Orian Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dan Jones 
Cinematography by
Lou Bogue (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Wyatt 
Casting by
Carl Proctor 
Production Design by
Assheton Gorton 
Art Direction by
Chris Bradley  (as Christopher Bradley)
Costume Design by
Caroline de Vivaise  (as Caroline De Vivaise)
Makeup Department
Ann Buchanan .... hair designer
Ann Buchanan .... makeup designer
Pauline Fowler .... prosthetics maker/supervisor
Pauline Fowler .... special makeup designer
Emma Ginnett .... additional hair stylist
Emma Ginnett .... additional makeup artist
Marliess Hupperts .... additional hair stylist (as Marlyss Huppertz)
Marliess Hupperts .... additional makeup artist (as Marlyss Huppertz)
Jamie Iovino .... chief mold maker
Marie-Claire Junker .... additional hair stylist
Marie-Claire Junker .... additional makeup artist
Julian Murray .... prosthetics designer/sculptor
Julian Murray .... special makeup designer
Peter Owen .... wigmaker: Mr. Malkovich
Katja Reinert-Alexis .... hair stylist (as Katja Alexis)
Katja Reinert-Alexis .... makeup artist (as Katja Alexis)
Amber Sibley .... prosthetics applier
David Stoneman .... foam technician
Alexandra Stumm .... prosthetics assistant
Leendert Van Nimwegen .... hair stylist
Leendert Van Nimwegen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Claude Schlim .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Brett .... first assistant director
Emilie Cherpitel .... trainee third assistant director
Jamie Christopher .... second assistant director
Lee Cleary .... first assistant director: first week
Laurence Rexter-Baker .... third assistant director
Dominique Westaway .... trainee third assistant director
Art Department
Mattieu Andre .... additional carpenter
Shino Arihara .... storyboard artist
Özkan Arslan .... dressing prop trainee (as Özkam Arslan)
Marce Barros .... construction crew (as Marcel Barros)
Pat Berrend .... art department runner/trainee (as Pia Berrend)
Paul Biwer .... special propmaker
Stephanie Blondel .... assistant painter
Isabelle Brosius .... assistant painter
Hughes de Maere .... construction crew (as Hughes De Maere)
Nicolas de Maere .... construction manager (as Nicholas De Maere)
Dermot Donegan .... assistant carpenter
Betty Durst .... props buyer
Bernard Ferrandis .... construction crew
Kirsten Garbade .... assistant art director
Colin Gilder .... art department assistant
Annabelle Giorgetti .... art department runner/trainee
Anthony Goulsbrough .... additional art department assistant
Thierry Gratien .... construction crew
Rosie Hardwick .... assistant art director
Neil Hearfield .... assistant painter
W.D. Hogan .... storyboard artist (as David Hogan)
Claude Lambert .... assistant carpenter
David Lambert .... additional carpenter
Allan Lane .... storyboard artist
Claude Lickes .... additional carpenter
Oliver Möller .... dressing prop trainee (as Oliver Moller)
Edouard Pallardy .... scenic painter
Paddy Patterson .... construction crew
Caryne Portevin .... construction coordinator
Olivier Printz .... additional carpenter
Jill Robertson .... props buyer
Tiffany Rodenfels .... dressing props
Alex Ruetten .... graphic design assistant
Christina Schaffer .... art department assistant
Vincent Schilder .... dressing props
Jean-Marc Scholloert .... assistant carpenter
Laurent Schuster .... assistant painter
Pascale Smidt .... assistant carpenter
Véronique Souques .... set dresser
Fabrice Spelta .... art department trainee
Otfried Suppin .... buyer
Otfried Suppin .... props consultant
Goran Tulac .... additional art department assistant
Dan Urbin .... dressing props
Nicholas Wagner .... construction stand-by
Olivia Wood .... graphic design assistant
Buchy Armand .... trainee set decorator (uncredited)
Thiry Christophe .... trainee set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael A. Carter .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael A Carter)
Anthony Cleal .... sound re-recording mixer
James Feltham .... adr editor
James Feltham .... dialogue editor
Michael Fentum .... assistant sound editor
Stan Fiferman .... foley artist
Arthur Graley .... foley editor (as Arthur Holland Graley)
Diane Greaves .... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Nigel Heath .... sound re-recording mixer
Nigel Heath .... supervising sound editor
Scott Jones .... adr recordist
Philippe Kohn .... sound trainee
Leon Minas .... adr recordist (as Leon Minaff)
Lionel Selwyn .... foley artist
Julian Slater .... sound effects editor
Ken Somerville .... foley recordist
Olivier Struye .... boom operator
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Oliver Tarney .... foley recordist
Carlo Thoss .... production sound recordist
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Mark Sheffield .... mix recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Philippe Lebreton .... special effects assistant
Philippe Lebreton .... special effects stand-by
Patrick Rappard .... special effects assistant
Edward Wiessenhaan .... special effects assistant
Harrie Wiessenhaan .... special effects assistant (as Harry Wiessenhaan)
Rick Wiessenhaan .... special effects coordinator (as Ricky Wiessenhaan)
Jim Davey .... digital colour timing, scanning and recording (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Steve Boag .... visual effects supervisor: Cine Image
Mike Bond .... technical manager: General Screen Enterprises
Martin Bullard .... visual effects supervisor: Cine Image
Craig Chandler .... visual effects supervisor: General Screen Enterprises
John Goodinson .... digital effects: Cine Image
Charles Green .... visual effects supervisor: Cine Image
Matthew Symonds .... main title typographer: Cine Image
Nicolas de Pruyssenaere .... stunt double (as Nicolas De Puyssenaere)
Rick Wiessenhaan .... stunt coordinator (as Ricky Wiessenhaan)
Samir Bezzah .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Helmut R. Ammon .... advisor: historical camera equipment
Helmut R. Ammon .... supplier: historical camera equipment, Historical Cinematographical Museum
Buchy Armand .... additional assistant electrician (as Armand Buchy)
Richard Bevan .... focus puller: second camera
Philippe Bigret .... additional assistant electrician
Bernard Brégier .... key grip (as Bernard Bregier)
Gerard Buffard .... assistant grip (as Gérard Buffard)
Guillaume De Esteban .... assistant electrician
Marco Decker .... additional assistant electrician
Marco Del Zotto .... assistant grip (as Marco Pierre Del Zotto)
Pascal Delaunay .... assistant grip
Pierre Dermience .... electrician
Kenneth C. Dodds .... director of photography: pick-up shots
Antoine Ducep .... assistant electrician
Jorg Fassl .... additional electrician (as Jörg Fasi)
Mike Fox .... camera work
Emmanuel Frideritzi .... best boy electric: second unit
Emmanuel Frideritzi .... electrician
Ernst Holtsch .... additional electrician
Max Jacoby .... additional assistant electrician
Graham Johnston .... clapper loader
Jean-Paul Kieffer .... still photographer (as John-Paul Kieffer)
Richard Lawson .... focus puller: pick-up shots
Hans Lehner .... crane supervisor
Glen Parsons .... gaffer
Alan Ramsay .... electrician: pick-up shots (as Alan Ramsey)
Marion Ray .... focus puller: second unit
Jako Raybaut .... director of photography: second unit
Carlos Ruiz .... grip trainee
Olivier Servais .... focus puller: second unit
Mark Stibbs .... best boy electric
Théodore Theodorides .... video operator (as Theo Theodorides)
David Tondeur .... focus puller
Laurent Wallerang .... additional grip helper
Jack White .... gaffer
Jack White .... generator operator
Casting Department
Radica Jovicic .... casting assistant (as Radica Vujicin)
Carrie O'Brien .... casting supervisor: Luxembourg
Valérie Schiel .... extras casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Archer .... additional daily wardrobe
Isabelle Constantini .... additional costume assistant
Virginie Gutmann .... additional daily wardrobe (as Virginie Guttmann)
Françoise Meyer .... wardrobe assistant (as Francoise Meyer)
Nicole Meyrat .... additional daily wardrobe
Audrey Poisson .... laundry
Nella Poisson .... laundry
Christopher Prins .... costume tailor
Patricia Saalburg .... associate costume designer
Ayman Shehata .... costume runner
Aleksandra Valozic .... wardrobe assistant
Stephanie Zawadzki .... additional costume assistant
Fa Zorgui .... additional daily wardrobe
Editorial Department
Milfid Ellis .... associate editor (as Milly Ellis)
John Heath .... grader: Deluxe Film Laboratories
David Trezise .... laboratory liaison: Deluxe Film Laboratories (as David Tresize)
George Koran .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Martin Astle .... music mixer
Martin Astle .... music recordist
Christopher Austin .... conductor: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Christopher Austin .... orchestration
Dan Jones .... music mixer
Dan Jones .... orchestration
Elizabeth Purnell .... orchestration
Jon Trotter .... music recording assistant
Nicholas Whiting .... leader: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Transportation Department
Nicola Altamura .... unit driver
Olivier Auclair .... additional driver
David Baretti .... unit driver
David Brudermann .... additional driver
Pascal Charlier .... additional driver
Isabelle Constantini .... additional driver: costume
Réne Depienne .... additional unit base driver
Richard Durand .... additional driver
Jeff Edwards .... facility driver: unit base stand-by
Bob Feltgen .... unit driver
Christophe Galeota .... transport captain
Robert Grond .... additional driver
Kári Gylfason .... unit driver
André Kamorovski .... additional driver
Christian Kirchberger .... driver: Arri
Jeremy Kleinberg .... unit driver
Carlo Novak .... facility driver: stand-by (as Carlo Nowak)
Ayman Shehata .... driver: costume
Harold Tembrink .... additional driver
Manu Ventillard .... additional unit base driver
Alphonse Weibel .... additional unit base driver
Stephanie Zawadzki .... additional driver: costume
Other crew
Nicola Altamura .... production assistant
Olivier Auclair .... additional location assistant
David Baretti .... production assistant
Laurence Bastien .... stand-in: female
Laurence Benmakrelouf .... stand-in: male
Luciano Berriatúa .... consultant: Murnau
Patrick Blocman .... production runner
Martyn Blossom .... studio manager: Delux
David Brudermann .... additional location assistant
Stephen Bures .... assistant: Mr. Cage
Pascal Charlier .... additional location assistant
Tony Coroon .... production accountant
Robert Cross .... stand-in: Mr. Malkovich
Pete Daly .... unit publicist: DDA
Dennis Davidson .... Unit publicist (as DDA)
Kevin Donnelly .... arm model: pick-up shots
Liz Douglas .... auditor: Ivan Sopher & Co.
Claire P.N. Ducos .... bookkeeper: Delux (as Claire PN Ducos)
Richard Durand .... additional location assistant
Patricia Eser .... assistant: Mr. Malkovich
Bob Feltgen .... production assistant
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... location trainee
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... production trainee
Teresa Finlay .... catering supervisor
Hether Flanigan .... assistant: Mr. Golightly
Peta Foley .... catering assistant
Serge Franzen .... catering chef: studio (as Serge Frantzen)
Abel Galiano .... location security
Bernard Gonzalez .... studio security
Lydia Gonzalez .... production coordinator
John Goodinson .... main title design illustrations
Michèle Grignon .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc. (as Michele Grignon)
Robert Grond .... additional location assistant
Kári Gylfason .... production assistant
Jacqueline Hernandez .... caretaker: studio
Sharon Howat .... assistant: Mr. Johns
Guillaume Huin .... location trainee
Elizabeth Hurley .... assistant accountant
André Kamorovski .... additional location assistant
Jeremy Kleinberg .... production assistant
Daniel Koblet .... assistant: Albatros
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant: Mr. De Brabant
Thomas Kuhnen .... double: Mr. Kier
Adrien Kuntz .... doctor (as Dr. Adrien Kuntz)
Ragna Arny Larusdottir .... production office assistant (as Ragna Ámy Lárusdóttir)
Colleen Leader .... assistant: production lawyer
Antonio Lima .... stand-in: male
Willy Loedts .... animal wrangler
Claude Ludovicy .... location manager
Damien Magin .... location security
Christophe Marson .... location security
Reba Merrill .... documentary team
Neil Mockler .... sales contact: features, Deluxe Film Laboratories
Franco Mottola .... location security
Richard Moxon .... production lawyer
Luc Nguyen-Trong .... doctor (as Dr. Luc Nguyen-Trong)
Carlo Novak .... medical stand-by (as Carlo Nowak)
Ryan Orme .... production trainee
George Perez .... assistant: Albatros
Beatrice Pettovich .... location assistant (as Béatrice Pettovich)
Audrey Poisson .... caretaker: apartment
Nella Poisson .... caretaker: apartment
Carole Reding .... catering manager: studio
Frederic Roeser .... location assistant (as Fredo Roeser)
Jean Salis .... pilot: Albatros
John Sanders .... catering assistant
James Shirras .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Ahmed Shouman .... location security
Danuta Skarszewska .... script supervisor
Gilles Soeder .... location security
Harold Tembrink .... additional location assistant
Christophe Thiry .... stand-in: Mr. Dafoe
Katina Valentina .... stand-in: female
Francoise Van Den Bruck .... choreographer
Sophie Van Nest .... production secretary (as Sophie Van Neste)
David Wilder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Jan Wlodariewiez .... documentary team
Warren Yeager .... documentary team
Diana Stiegler .... location cook (uncredited)
Jacob A. Bloom .... thanks: Bloom, Mercott, Cook, Diemer & Klein LLP (as Jake Bloom)
Nancy Caldwell .... thanks
Georges Calteux .... thanks (as Monsieur Georges Calteux)
Guy Daleiden .... thanks (as Monsieur Guy Daleiden)
Joseph Drake .... thanks (as Joe Drake)
Claude Dufays .... thanks (as Monsieur Claude Dufays)
Rene Faser .... thanks (as Monsieur René Faser)
Madame Frantzen .... thanks
Morris Garner .... thanks
Larry Greaves .... thanks: Bloom, Mercott, Cook, Diemer & Klein LLP
Lew Horwitz .... thanks
Malcolm Howat .... thanks
Margaret Howat .... thanks
David Hutkin .... thanks
Brent Jack .... thanks
Christian Leboutin .... thanks (as Monsieur Christian Leboutin)
Jonathan Levin .... thanks
Randy Manis .... thanks
Glen Meredith .... thanks
Tom Ortenberg .... thanks
Marie-Claude Poulin .... thanks
Maurice Pujol .... thanks (as Monsieur Maurice Pujol)
Jeff Sackman .... thanks
Michael Schenkman .... thanks: Bloom, Mercott, Cook, Diemer & Klein LLP
Monsieur Schub .... thanks
Howard E. Smith .... thanks (as Howard Smith)
Art Stribley .... thanks
Jean-Marie Thill .... thanks (as Monsieur Jean-Marie Thill)
Mark Urman .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some sexuality, drug content, violence and language
92 min
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
F.W. Murnau:Albin, collect the wooden stake and return it to its rightful place; it is necessary for the final frame, to remind us of the inadequacies of our plans, our contingencies, every missed train and failed picnic, every lie to a child.See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Great concept, well executed, 14 October 2001
Author: dover from Manhattan

First off, this is a much better movie if you have seen Murnau's expressionist masterpiece, "Nosferatu". There are a number of scenes from this movie that draw on "Nosferatu", and it makes a lot of the scenes more enjoyable. The movie is done in very much an expressionist vein it itself, the kind of film F.W. Murnau would certainly have appreciated.

The concept here is incredibly intriguing - what if a horror movie was a horror to film? Once the film kicks into gear, it establishes a rather creepy mood, especially in the sets, most of which mirror those of "Nosferatu" (the writer's bed, for instance, looks exactly like Hutter's).

As the film progresses, the actors take over the film, and it's interesting to see how they stack up to their precursors from 70 years ago. Eddie Izzard is an interesting Hutter (the Jonathan Harker analog), as (pretend) silent acting is well-tailored to his overbearing antics. Udo Kier is quite good as reserved producer Albin Grau. Alas, Cary Elwes, one of Hollywood's most underappreciated actors, is typecast as a kind of roguish, free-spirited Fritz Wagner, a real cinematographer (and the main one throughout all of "Nosferatu") and one of the stalwarts of German cinema into the 50's.

Malkovich is ideal for this role. He does a good job of being a manic, desparate for everything on his film to go right. His Murnau is a control-freak, a guy who keeps his crew in the dark, and adds to the generally creepiness.

The most curious thing about Murnau's "Nosferatu" is the vampire himself. The rest of the characters are pretty direct analogs of "Dracula". But instead of a suave, cool vampire of the Christopher Lee/Gary Oldman mold (later roles, of course), Murnau's vampire was a stiff, cold, violent monster. Willem Dafoe is absolutely brilliant in portraying this. He has some moments of comedic relief, bickering harmlessly with Malkovich, and generally being a fish out of water. Soon, however, his character becomes undeniably creepy, and Dafoe does a great job of making Count Orlok seem like the kind of guy who makes your skin crawl. In some way, this Orlok is less of a monster - he's portrayed a bit more sympathetically, sorrowing in his loneliness and never getting to see light. Murnau's vampire was almost always shot from below, making him appear huge and menacing; Dafoe's Orlok isn't monstrous so much as he just makes your skin crawl.

I do have a couple beefs, though, mainly technical. On a purely nitpicky level, Murnau is mentioned as a comtemporary of Griffith and Eisenstein, despite the fact that Eisenstein didn't make a movie until two years after "Nosferatu". On a less petty level, the characters seem a bit dumb. They have no problem accepting the fact that Orlok is an actual vampire once Malkovich tells them, but can't seem to figure it out on their own, despite seeing, among other things, Orlok pulling a bat out of the air and sucking the blood out of it.

The film, in general, does not end well. The penultimate scene is horribly contrived, a lot of silly reminiscing to to advance the plot a little. The ending itself isn't necessarily bad, just a bit ambigous. You don't come away with a clear sense of who (if anyone) was wronged amongst the main characters, and we leave a couple of them in limbo. A couple of technical details are odd, too. Murnau's Nosferatu has a shadow and a reflection, but this one only a shadow. Also, in the final scene they are supposedly filming, there's a wooden stake that's nowhere to be found in "Nosferatu".

A quick note, by the way - while the movie they are filming actually exists, rest assured the story is pure fantasy. Max Schreck went on to make more movies, as did the rest of the actors in this film, and no actors were bitten during the filming of the original movie.

A thououghly enjoyable film, especially if you're familiar with the subject matter.

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