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Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht

AKA's: Nosferatu - Fantome De La Nuit / Nosferatu, O Fantasma Da Noite / Nosferatu, Principe Della Notte / Nosferatu The Vampyre / Nosferatu, Vampiro De La Noche

Release date: 1979 France/West Germany
Running time: 107' (cover 107') - Source: DVD (RC 0/NTSC)
Rating: Germ.: 16; UK: 15; US: PG
Main Crew: Director: Werner Herzog (Cobra Verde 1987; Fitzcarraldo 1982; Woyzeck 1979; Heart
               Of Glass 1976; Aguirre: The Wrath Of God 1972)
Producer: Gaumont S.A. / Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
Score: Popol Vuh / Florian Fricke
Writer: Werner Herzog (based on Bram Stoker's novel)
Director of photography: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein


Summary: It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife, Lucy (Isabelle Adjani), begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger.
Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski). The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the midst of a vampyre. What he doesn't know, however, is the magnitude of danger he, his wife and his town are about to experience as victims of the Nosferatu.

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Our Ranking

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Based on Bram Stoker's novel, this is definitely one of the top-notch movies of the genre. The pale and fragile Isabelle Adjani is the perfect Lucy, whilst Klaus Kinski as Nosferatu is above any discussion. Great landscapes and the fantastic soundtrack by Popohl Vuh do another share to its perfectly haunting atmosphere. If you liked Murnau's Nosferatu, than this modern version is a must-see. Both are outstanding works.

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