Herzog’s NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE
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THE ALTERNATE GERMAN VERSION
NEW 35MM PRINT
(1979) “Time is an abyss... Death is not the worst...” Just another 19th century real estate deal for Bruno Ganz’s Jonathan Harker, buying a house in town for this way-way-way out in the country count — but why are the peasants so silent at the mention of his name? Herzog’s homage to Murnau’s silent Nosferatu at times matches it shot for shot — with Klaus Kinski’s buck-toothed count a dead-ringer for original star Max Schreck — but adding sound, color, a passionate and sensual Isabelle Adjani, 11,000 rats, and in Kinski a vampire wracked by guilt, longing for death, and crushed under the weight of the centuries. Herzog shot two versions simulanteously: an English-language version that was released in the U.S. theatrically and on video and this German-language version (with English subtitles) that’s been virtually unseen here. Approx. 107 min. 35mm.
A BLEEDING LIGHT FILM GROUP RELEASE
MURNAU’S LEGENDARY ORIGINAL SILENT VERSION
(WITH LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT BY STEVE STERNER)
ON NOVEMBER 4.
"A PINNACLE OF HORROR CINEMA! CHILLINGLY POETIC! Herzog sets a surreally moody stage...Atmospheric, rhapsodic and achingly transcendent."
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"AN OBJECT LESSON IN THE ART OF THE REMAKE! Herzog succeeds in imprinting the material with his own unique sensibility. The result is an earnest homage that also bears unmistakable traces of cinematic one-upmanship."
– Budd Wilkins, Slant
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"AN AWE-INSPIRING WORK OF GENRE VINDICATION... adding an art-house level of attention to detail and an unwavering dedication to visual engagement. Kinski emulates Max Schreck's vampire with uncanny results, offering a distant, emotional take on Dracula that has never been previously represented. For fans of Herzog, this screening is a must-see, and for horror fans unfamiliar with the work of the singular filmmaker, this would be a great place to begin."
– Ken Hanley, Fangoria
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– Vincent Canby, The New York Times
“A FILM OF ASTONISHING BEAUTY AND DARING! Not a horror picture but one of eerie wonderment and bizarre spectacle. Its poetic dialogue and awesome imagery are complemented in grandeur by a score that incorporates selections from Wagner’s ‘Rheingold’ and Gounod’s ‘Sanctus.’ If Bruno Ganz is the foremost actor of the New German Cinema, a definitive portrayer of a desperate sane man caught up in a nightmare, then Klaus Kinski, who was Herzog’s raving Aguirre, is the master of the grotesque. His Dracula is no handsome, sensual Bela Lugosi, but a hideous creature, who’s all the more pathetic for being so.”
– Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
“Between the hordes of stowaway rats that accompany Dracula’s arrival, and a town-plaza dance of folly by doomed survivors (a Herzog addition), it’s like being present at the birth of a medieval legend.”
– Nicolas Rapold
“The most evocative series of images centered around the idea of the vampire that I have seen since Murnau’s Nosferatu. Forget the details of the basic Dracula story... Nosferatu doesn’t pay them heed. It is about the mood and style of vampirism, about the terrible seductive pity of it all.”
– Roger Ebert
"One of the great megalomaniacs, Herzog toys with the audience’s sexual fears: physical deterioration, the mysterious foreigner and, most insidiously, the point at which possession becomes sadistic. If none of that grips you, then do yourself a favor and just bask in Isabelle Adjani; as a creature so perfect, she’s painful to behold."
– Nicholas Thomson, The L Magazine