22 August 2014

Nosferatu, the Vampire (1979)
107 min.
Directed by Werner Herzog.
With Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor, Walter Ladengast, Martje Grohmann.
Herzog's remake of F.W. Murnau's original 1922 vampire classic.

Expressionistic performances, a dense period atmosphere, and a genuine mood of dread and bleakness all add up to a thoroughly unique viewing experience.

Scenes of Harker's first night in the castle, Dracula's arrival in Wismar, and his first visit to Lucy are a real treat.

Kinski's colorful (or is it colorless?) performance is a watchable and subjective experiment all of the actor's own making.

Perhaps not for all tastes; more brooding rather than frightening, and deliberate, dream-like pacing will surely repel some...others will be amazed.

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