Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

United Kingdom/USA/Luxembourg2000.  Saturn Films, Long Shot Pictures, BBC Films, Delux Productions, Luxembourg Film Fund, Pilgrim Films Ltd..  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .   

Gorgeous film by E. Elias Merhige that fictionalizes the accounts surrounding the filming of F.W. Murnau’s German Expressionist classic Nosferatu. The real production of Nosferatu is still so fraught with myth and mystery that it lends itself perfectly to a film of this sort, and the director has all kinds of fun fleshing it out, particularly in his casting: as Max Schreck, the fastidious actor who may or may not have been a real vampire, Willem Dafoe gives one of the most impressive performances of his career, reaching out from under all that makeup and delivering a character who is both terrifying and hilarious at the same time. The film’s script doesn’t live up to its visual perfection, leaving you with a film that’s really great while it’s on but lacking a sense of completion when it is over.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe); Best Makeup

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

One Comment Add yours

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Good review. Dafoe was very good, and totally makes this more of an impersonation.

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