Nosferatu the Vampyre
Noseferatu: Phantom der Nacht
Werner Herzog’s Dracula is mesmerising, melancholy, and burdened with his own curse.
West Germany-France 1979
Dir Werner Herzog
With Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz
Vampire movies are predicated on the notion that suffering is contagious and ever-increasing, but Herzog adds in the tedious misery of immortality; Kinski’s Nosferatu, far from being a ravenous seducer, is wretched and weary in his solitude. Shot almost as if it were a silent movie, this loose remake of FW Murnau’s classic is virtually cosmic – but mesmerisingly beautiful – in its wry pessimism.
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