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Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

West Germany/France 107m, Colour
Director: Werner Herzog; Cast: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor, Walter Ladengast

Herzog’s re-telling of the classic vampire tale is a perfect blend of Murnau’s expressionist visuals from the 1922 version of Nosferatu and Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Herzog’s Nosferatu has a slow and deliberate pacing that is wonderfully matched by the musical score – both of which support the overall foreboding mood of the film. As the vampire, Kinski’s look and deliberate movements are unmistakably influenced by Max Schreck’s original performance. Kinski’s portrayal, while beautifully understated, is incredibly expressive, particularly in his hand movements and facial expressions – which were further developed by Willem Dafoe in his similarly persuasive performance as Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire (Klaus Ming April 2010).

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This entry was posted on 04/21/2010 by in 1001 List, 1970s, All and tagged .
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