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Shadow of the Vampire -- The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible.
Shadow of the Vampire -- 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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Steven Katz (written by)
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Release Date:
26 January 2001 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
An Unspeakable Horror. A Creative Genius. Captured For Eternity.
Plot:
The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Richly nuanced exploration of silent film classic See more (335 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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
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)
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality, drug content, violence and language
Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Willem Dafoe was hired as The Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002) after the producers watched his performance in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: A woman walks in with two Pekingese, which she hands to two men on opposite sides of her. The dogs swap places twice between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Greta Schroder:Hey, who died?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Flying Dutchman OvertureSee more »

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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Richly nuanced exploration of silent film classic, 3 February 2001
Author: maryf from El Cerrito, CA

What if the lead character in the film Nosferatu really was a vampire? Shadow of the Vampire explores this unusual concept as it follows the story of the filming of the 1921 silent film classic. Malkovich plays the role of Murnau, the German director who makes the bargain from hell to provide realism to his Dracula knock-off, only to find that he has unleashed a monster. This is a horror film that is really a psychological drama -- the true horror lies in the man who decides no price is too high for the making of his movie. At the same time, there's a lot of humor, as well as an intriguing glimpse of Berlin in the decadent 1920s.

Dafoe is definitely an Oscar nominee with this performance (and the film should get an Oscar for his make-up, too): especially powerful scenes include his describing his reaction to reading the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker; and a confrontation with Murnau near the end of the film, when Murnau finally is forced to recognize what he has done. Strong acting performances from the supporting actors as well -- Elwes' accent wanders, as does Malkovich's, but the cast (including native Germans) is generally strong. Some really nice cinematography and editing.

It adds to the experience to have seen the silent film first, by the way; it is well worth viewing in any case. It's available in a remastered print with a good soundtrack. "Shadow" takes a few liberties with the original film, but not important ones (those night scenes were obviously not shot at night, for example).

I loved this film -- two thumbs up!

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