Shadow Of The Vampire

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(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.


United Kingdom/USA/Luxembourg2000

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Screenplay by

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Music by

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Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2000


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Willem Dafoe as “Max Schreck”)
Best Makeup (Ann Buchanan, Amber Sibley)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Willem Dafoe)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Willem Dafoe)

Independent Spirit Award
Best Supporting Male (Willem Dafoe)

Nomination
Best Cinematography

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)


ShadowOfTheVampire

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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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