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An Unspeakable Horror. A Creative Genius. Captured For Eternity.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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 Wangenheim
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)
Jill Robertson Kibbey .... props buyer (as Jill Robertson)
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
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 .... re-recording mixer (as Michael A Carter)
Anthony Cleal .... 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 .... 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
Harry Wiesenhaan .... special effects assistant (as Harry Wiessenhaan)
Edward Wiessenhaan .... special effects assistant
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)
Gérard Buffard .... assistant grip
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)
Location Management
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... location trainee
Guillaume Huin .... location trainee
Claude Ludovicy .... location manager
Beatrice Pettovich .... location assistant (as Béatrice Pettovich)
Frederic Roeser .... location assistant (as Fredo Roeser)
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 .... 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
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
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
Audrey Poisson .... caretaker: apartment
Nella Poisson .... caretaker: apartment
Carole Reding .... catering manager: studio
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) (Not suitable for young children) | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-3 (re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R

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The part of Max Schreck was written specifically for Willem DafoeSee more »
Continuity: You can see a reflection of Count Orlock's head in the mirror moments after a big deal was made about the fact that he cast no reflection in the same mirror (although this is possibly a deliberate nod to Nosferatu (1922) in which a similar error was made).See more »
Murnau:They don't need to act. They need to *be*.See more »
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76 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
I Smell the Blood of a Wunderkind, 5 March 2001
Author: pc_dean from Arlington, VA

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that completely and maybe consciously defies categorization, and "Shadow of the Vampire" is a great example. It is at once a black comedy, a horror movie with a unique setting, and a biting sendup of the art and business of moviemaking. And the fact is that it wears each of these hats quite well, although not necessarily at the same time.

The movie asks us to imagine: What if Max Schreck, the mysterious guy who gave what is still considered one of the best vampire performances ever, did so well because, well, he really was a vampire? The skulking creature, we are to imagine, was finagled into performing in "Nosferatu" for legendary cinema pioneer F.W. Murnau. The story then follows as the crew makes the movie dealing with all sorts of difficulties, not the least of which is the star's habit of snacking on cameramen.

Among the film's many virtues is its portrayal of filmmaking in what was really its dawn as a form of art and commerce. People like me, who have trouble with silent movies may gain an additional appreciation for the work and craft that went in to them, and realize that while they may seem hokey and stylized to us now, they had a beauty and substance that was all their own, and still is.

John Malkovich turns in a great performance as the visionary Murnau (who, while tortured, must be a genius because he always gets it in one take). It is a characteristic Malkovich role, a rationalist given to bouts of fury, and it is as much fun to see him discourse pretentiously on the science and art of the moving image as it is to see him pitch a fit ("Albon, a NATIVE has wandered into my FRAME!").

The core of this movie, however, and deservedly so, is Willem Dafoe's unforgettable portrayal of Schreck. This is not your slick-talking Anne-Rice undead-Vogue kinda vampire. Schreck is the next thing up from a rat, squatting in filth and clicking his claws, and Dafoe is able to inspire laughter as well as fear, and even pathos. He makes us imagine what a rotten existence it must be, to have eternal life alone in a rotting ruin and a withered body. He and Malkovich have some great scenes together, including a sick, hilarious moment when Schreck and Murnau try to hammer out who on the crew may or may not be snacked upon (the cinematographer is necessary, it seems, but the script girl is negotiable).

The movie functions best as a sendup of moviemaking, as the harried Murnau must deal with temperamental actors, unfriendly locals, blood-sucking undead, and other hazards of the movie trade. At one point, Murnau must leave to calm the investors, a scene I really wish had been included. Some of the best moments are those of the age-old creature of the night attempting to take direction and find his "motivation." Everyone is afraid of Schreck, but admire the dedication that keeps him in character all the time (he's a Method actor, explains Murnau, he studied with Stanislavsky). The movie makes its point rather neatly, that filmmakers, and by extension filmmaking itself, have a way of sucking the life and blood out of you. Anyone who has ever had to shoot a movie on location will attest to this.

If I have a complaint about the movie, it is only that after its extreme cleverness, it settles for a somewhat straightforward horror-style denouement. Myself, I would have thought the vampire would end up moving to Berlin and getting an agent, a swimming pool, and a meeting with Ovitz. Still, the movie clearly makes its point: an auteur driven by a mania for artistic perfection can be more of a monster than something that just lives in a cave and drinks blood from your neck.

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