Nosferatu the Vampyre
Director: Werner Herzog Run Time: 107 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG Release Year: 1979 Language: German with English Subtitles
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor, Walter Ladengast
Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre is the most hauntingly beautiful film to ever tackle the Bram Stoker legend of Dracula. As the story goes, Jonathan Harker travels to meet this elusive Count Dracula (played to a stunningly sick effect by Klaus Kinski) in order to secure land deeds in Wismar, Harker’s home town. Dracula follows him, bringing a wave of plague and destruction along with him, as he searches to steal the heart of Harker’s wife, Lucy. Perfectly paced, hazily dreary, and set to the most evocative score, Herzog’s Nosferatu elegantly intertwines death and love. Newly restored, its cinematic magic.