Shadow of the VampireDirector: E. Elias Merhige
The torturous production of the classic 1922 vampire film Nosferatu is recreated in this stylized account of director F.W. Murnau and his obsession with creating realistic horror by any means necessary -- even if those means include actual bloodletting. The film begins as Murnau (John Malkovich) is ready to take his unauthorized interpretation of the Bram Stoker tale on location in Czechoslovakia. There, the director has arranged for his cast and crew to live in the same castle in which they will shoot their parts, as they all wait for their co-star, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) -- Murnau's choice to play Count Orlok -- to arrive. Their leader has warned them that Schreck is a student of the Stanislovsky method of performance and will not respond to them out-of-character. Nothing, however, can prepare them for the real thing: when the actor arrives, he's already in full Gothic regalia, asserting that he is indeed a vampire. Schreck makes good on his claims by terrorizing the cast and crew, attacking Murnau's original cinematographer (Wolfgang Muller) and plucking bats out of the air for midnight snacks. Director E. Elias Merhige previously made his name with his experimental theater productions and with his horrific film school thesis, Begotten.
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- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|John Malkovich||FW. Murnau|
|Willem Dafoe||Max Schreck|
|Cary Elwes||Fritz Wagner|
|Eddie Izzard||Gustav Von Wangerheim|
|Udo Kier||Albin Grau|
|Catherine McCormack||Greta Schroeder|
|Ronan Vibert||Wolfgang Muller|
|E. Elias Merhige||Director|
|Paul Brooks||Executive Producer|
|Jimmy De Brabant||Co-producer|
|Caroline de Vivaise||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Assheton Gorton||Production Designer|
|Nigel Heath||Sound Editor|
|Dan Jones||Score Composer|
|Carlo Thoss||Sound/Sound Designer|
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I loved Shadow of the Vampire. It was extremely interesting to me. The writing, camera work were top of the line, and Dafoe's performance is among the best. I saw the 1922 classic Nosferatu after seeing Shadow of the Vampire, and it made it all the more interesting because Nosferatu actually earned my praise as a great piece of moviemaking. The 70 minutes it took to watch Nosferatu simply flew by. It was very neat to watch both movies and compare them to each other. Shadow of the Vampire was probably the second or third best movie of last year and that and Nosferatu enter my top list of all time.
this is a one of a kind movie. very original and clever story.
I highly recommend it. Dafoe deserved the oscar for this role. Very good plot, intense acting.