Malkovich plays Murnau like a nut, which is nice, but at times ventures into a kind of overacting (as does Dafoe) that accentuates the campy and humorous aspects. I've been watching horror films since I was 6 or 7 and, I see posts that say "I've seen everything". Events . A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, an innocent, desirable girl, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. Murnau is one of the most acclaimed and celebrated directors of the silent era...i.e. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Posted by 4 months ago. During this period even the novelty of Max Schreck being a real vampire wore a bit thin, tending to play like a stale joke. Classic-Horror is © by Answer 42 Media, 1999-present (Contact Form, RSS Feed). Loved it , "If it's not in frame, it doesn't exist!" I'd also add F.W. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Many of the performances, including Malkovich, were laughable. The powers that be behind Shadow of the Vampire pushed up its release date so that it could qualify for the 2001 Academy Awards. That's not to suggest that it's anywhere near Taxi Driver in quality (not much is), or anywhere near Shakespeare, for that matter, but Shadow of the Vampire is primarily a drama that becomes more disturbingly tragic as it progresses (with a huge arc of this at the end) and it has "art film" written all over it in big letters --take that as you will.
Murnau. Only Murnau has met him, and until immediately before taking off for Eastern Europe, only one other person on the crew knows who will play the vampire. Although I desperately try to not look at what anyone else is saying about a film before I write my review--out of a neurotic fear that my opinion will be influenced--I have to use the Internet to look up stats so I can give credit where due and spell the names correctly. Watch TV . Too bad Merhige fell off the face of the earth, I would have loved if he kept making horror films. share. Murnau (John Malkovich) makes a Faustian pact with a vampire (Willem Dafoe) to get him to star in his 1922 film "Nosferatu." While looking up info for Shadow of the Vampire, I couldn't help but notice someone boldly proclaiming it "The Best Film of the Year!" save hide report. Other materials are owned by their respective copyright holders, and will not be infringed upon herein. But if it’s like a movie night thing where everyone just wants to watch the movie then it definitely works. I love Ed Wood and he is unironically one of my favorite directors, but I can admit that Murnau is in a much higher class and was a legitimate director with several enduring and acclaimed films to his credit. All Rights Reserved.
Murnau instructs his crew that Schreck is a character actor with "extreme methods," which means that they'll never see him out of make-up, they can only film him at night, etc. I agree with just about everything here except that F. W. Murnau wasn't really similar to Ed Wood. Shadow of the Vampire (2000) John Malkovich plays the director and, Willem Dafoe as the "Vampire". I mean, Orlok looks very convincing & Schreck himself was supposedly an eccentric loner, so maybe some folks really did let their imagination get the best of them.
Although Shadow of the Vampire is sure to be classified as horror, and should be -- it is about a vampire, after all -- it really has more in common with Shakespearean tragedy (not in any literal sense) or something like Taxi Driver, a more modern thematic equivalent. ", "I don't expect you to understand and I am loathe to admit it myself but the writer is necessary.". Too bad I'm just seeing this 4 months after the fact, but he was great, it sucks he has no credits past 2004. While I think that is extremely overstating its case, Shadow of the Vampire is a very good film, but it happens to straddle a few niches while not really committing (or proceeding flawlessly) to any of them, and my impression is that it may not really satisfy most genre fans. We are literally this very moment about to record an episode about this film and the original Nosferatu, and so many other older films have ended up having posts created on here at the same time as we're doing an episode on them. Agreed, absolutely great film, but Malkovich is playing Murnau, and definitely not an Ed Wood-type. It’s a great movie, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a good Halloween party film. While I think that's wishful thinking, and Shadow of the Vampire will not make it on to my list of the top 20 films of 2000, it is worth seeing if you're in the target audiences and especially if you have an interest in the stars or Nosferatu . I love the cast, the acting, the style of it, it's just so damn great. It's a shame, I wonder what happened to him. مشاهدة افلام ومسلسلات اجنبية وعربية وتركية مجانا بدون اعلانات مترجم ومدبلج - السينما للجميع، ماي ايجي، فشار، قصة عشق، موفيز لاند، الدار داركم، موقع فشار، موفيز فور يو، عناكب نت، فاصل اعلاني، ايجي بيست، سيما كلب For horror fans, especially those who agree with me that horror should be defined primarily by subject matter and not necessarily mood or the emotions that a film evokes in the viewer, Shadow of the Vampire might thus be a bit of a disappointment. Unlike Nosferatu, it isn't atmospheric and there's nothing to really create the emotion of fear. Home . Malkovich's portrayal is hilarious. 94% Upvoted. TV Shows . If I had to guess who is likely to enjoy this film to the greatest extent, it would be those fans of art-films who tend to dislike Hollywood films just because they're Hollywood films. After an overlong title sequence featuring pans and zooms in and out of a sepia-toned (to evoke the texture of silent films) illustration that has the length and energy of wading a mile through molasses, director E. Elias Merhige (his only previous work is a film from 1991 entitled Begotten) shows us F. W. Murnau (John Malkovich) at work, directing a scene with Greta Schroeder (Catherine McCormack) and uttering prophetic words to "encourage" her after the shot.
I watched this recently and wholeheartedly disliked it. Still, the ending is worthy of the "masterpiece" accolade, and some of the material that seemed boring makes the ending work better when analyzed in retrospect.
Again, take that as you will. Love Malkovich and Defoe. It doesn't take long for the novelty of watching Murnau make the film wear off, and from about the time that Murnau disappears from the scene to fetch Fritz Wagner (Cary Elwes) until they arrive at an island to shoot the final scene of Nosferatu, I was pretty restless. I gave that a re-watch last week, and I forgot just how much I love that movie.
I'm revisiting quite a few films myself and, that was one of them. While I think that's wishful thinking, and Shadow of the Vampire will not make it on to my list of the top 20 films of 2000, it is worth seeing if you're in the target audiences and especially if you have an interest in the stars or Nosferatu. While I'm sure they'll appreciate the film to an extent, I'm not sure that watching Schreck do an Ozzy Osbourne with a passing bat won't be too much for them to stomach. 79. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Good movie. NOT like poor Ed. It's almost like their time has come again, so they pop into the heads of horror fans all at the same time! While this might disappoint fans looking for traditional, serious horror qualities, I thought it worked, but I like some campy art-house films, especially the ones that are unintentionally campy--that is, when the filmmakers think they're making great, serious art, but it ends up playing more like Ernest Goes to Africa. There's so many great films available. I'm old (56). Movies . The story crept along and I could barely make it through it. Big Nosferatu fan too, as you can see. Worse, there are times towards the middle when Shadow of the Vampire becomes a bit boring. But Malkovich didn't tell the rest of the cast/crew that Dafoe was an actual vampire, and not an actor. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. "I don't think we need the writer any longer. John Malkovich plays the director and, Willem Dafoe as the "Vampire". Networks . But I guess it depends on the party. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Shadow of the Vampire (2000) Close. Just don't expect anything with the ambience of that classic of silent horror. In any case, I've always found the concept delightful.
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