Werner Herzog's remake of F.W. Murnau's original vampire classic is at once a generous tribute to the great German director and a distinctly unique vision by one of cinema's most idiosyncratic filmmakers. Though Murnau's Nosferatu was actually an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Herzog based his film largely on Murnau's conceptions--at times directly quoting Murnau's images--but manages to slip in a few references to Tod Browning's famous version (at one point the vampire comments on the howling wolves: "Listen, the children of the night make their music."). Longtime Herzog star Klaus Kinski is both hideous and melancholy as Nosferatu (renamed Count Dracula in the English language version). As in Murnau's film, he's a veritable gargoyle with his bald pate and sunken eyes, and his talon-like fingernails and two snaggly fangs give him a distinctly feral quality. But Kinski's haunting eyes also communicate a gloomy loneliness--the curse of his undead immortality--and his yearning for Lucy (Isabelle Adjani) becomes a melancholy desire for love. Bruno Ganz's sincere but foolish Jonathan is doomed to the vampire's will and his wife, Lucy, a holy innocent whose deathly pallor and nocturnal visions link her with the ghoulish Nosferatu, becomes the only hope against the monster's plague-like curse. Herzog's dreamy, delicate images and languid pacing create a stunningly beautiful film of otherworldly mood, a faithful reinterpretation that by the conclusion has been shaped into a quintessentially Herzog vision. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Herzog shot the English and German language versions simultaneously, the actors performing the spoken scenes separately for each language, and Herzog edited them individually, resulting in slight differences in pacing and performance. The films both run about 107 minutes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A good, but not great, colour "talkie" version of the classic 1922 'Nosferatu, A Symphony Of Terror' silent film. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Eddy B
While Klaus Kinski effectively plays one of the weirdest vampires on screen, as did the original Max Schreck, the movie just drags on. Read morePublished 18 months ago by B. Armitage
Remakes don't get much better that this, lets give a round of applause to the drictor, it's hard to make a remake of a classic film. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Lauren B. Floss
For our second outing between Kinski and Herzog we find that the director has chosen to remake, or rather retell, his favorite film of all time - 'Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by OverTheMoon
"Nosferatu the Vampyre" is the 1979 remake of the 1929 silent film classic. I have read a lot of reviews comparing the two, but I can't; I never saw the original. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Vagabond77
The first thing I need to point out before I write one word about this film is apparently there are two versions of this film. One in German another in English. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Alex Udvary
This is a critics' darling. Don't get me wrong, I love great films and count Godfather Part I, Citizen Kane, La Strada, and Schindler's List among my favorites. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003
What more can be said about tis movie? A true treasure. Klaus Kinski gives his best performance as Count Dracula. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by Dwayne Brue
This 1979 German sound remake of the 1922 Murnau silent classic (The making of which was later to be the basis for the ficticious film SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE) is again closely based... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by BD Ashley