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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

Noferatu is a visual feast by a master filmmaker.  It is one of the finest vampire films ever made.  Rather than simply copy F.W. Murnau's silent screen masterpiece Nosferatu (1922) scene by scene, Werner Herzog [Encounters as the End of the World, Aguirre: The Wrath of God] opts for a highly visual and sensual version of the story that shows his love for the original film.  The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking with each scene composed and lighted to perfection.  This Nosferatu is not a movie to be watched but to be experienced.  The plot is not nearly as important and the feeling watching it gives the viewer.  It's unsettling and brooding and one finds themselves learning toward the screen to take in the sights and sounds.

Klaus Kinski [Crawlspace, Aguirre: The Wrath of God] is perfect as Dracula.  He gives us a figure that is not so much menacing as he is haunted by his own curse.  Dark and sullen, this is not the love-stricken, sparkling Edward of the Twilight series.  Instead, we see someone who vaguely remembers his humanity and would, if given the chance, exchange the life he now lives to become human again.  A superb and genre defining performance.

What more needs to be said?  If you've never seen this one before rent it ASAP.  It is easily one of the finest vampire films ever made.  Thankfully, it's also in the original German (with English subtitles) which allows the viewer to experience the pure emotion of the lines the actors speak.  Anything else would have been an insult to the film and the filmmaker.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. I loved the silent version of Nosferatu so I'll have to check this one out too!