(out of 5)
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.
Saturn Films, Long Shot Pictures, BBC Films, Delux Productions, Luxembourg Film Fund, Pilgrim Films Ltd.
Directed by E. Elias Merhige
Screenplay by Steven Katz
Cinematography by Lou Bogue
Music by Dan Jones
Production Design by Assheton Gorton
Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise
Film Editing by Chris Wyatt