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Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

Cast: John Malkovich, John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, more...
Director: E. Elias Merhige, E. Elias Merhige
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Cult, Drama, Foreign, Horror, Vampires, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
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. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

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Nosferatu
The real Murnau's silent horror classic

Faust
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Gods and Monsters
Another recent drama based on life of a famed horror director, this one's a bit more poignant and straightforward


GreenCine Member Reviews

Bizarre by MDeMars November 18, 2005 - 1:43 PM PST
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Willem Dafoe does a fantastic job portraying Count Orlock. The most bizarre role I have seen him in. And John Malkovitch is great as the eccentric director. Udo Kier seems to appear in a lot of vampire movies and is always killed off. I would to see him make it to the end of one film. The film really draws you in with the mystery surrounding Count Orlock. By the end of the film you are left to believe that a real vampire has been hired to act in the film. (I think)




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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2000
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Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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