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Nosferatu the Vampyre - Summer with Herzog

In the hands of Herzog, Bram Stoker's famous horror story becomes a film about loneliness and craving. Mostly filmed in Delft and Schiedam, with Klaus Kinski as the vampire.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Nosferatu the Vampyre

In 1922, the German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau shot Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens, the first film adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous horror story. The film, a prime example of German Expressionism, was Herzog's inspiration for his version of Stoker's story. The similarities are obvious, but there are differences as well. For example, Herzog has given Count Dracula's character far more depth. His vampire is a lonely, gloomy man, struggling with his immortality and yearning for warmth and love. Herzog's remake was largely filmed in the Netherlands, where the old towns of Delft and Schiedam exactly matched the background he had envisioned in his mind's eye.

Jonathan Harker, an estate agent in the German town of Wismar, travels to Transylvania to sell a house to the mysterious Count Dracula. Along the way Harker is warned to stay clear of the count, which he dismisses as superstition. It turns out to be a terrible mistake. With Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Adjani, and more.