Nosferatu the Vampyre

  • Dir: Werner Herzog

  • West Germany, 1979, German, 107min, DCP

  • Cast: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz

A tribute to F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (P.18), Herzog’s 1979 version pays tribute to the striking art direction of German Expressionist cinema with a new kind of romanticism fusing a sense of horror, awe and poetic beauty. Beyond fearfulness, Klaus Kinski’s Count Dracula is a deathly and pathetic entity, trapped in endless loneliness yet desperately seeking love. It is Lucy, a “woman of pure heart” who in her personal sacrifice delivers him from the horror of his torturous inability to grow old and die. Yet, the evil of a vampire plague continues to rage across the land, in cinema at least…

1979 Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Bear Award for Achievement in Production Design



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