Herzog's "Nosferatu the Vampyre" (5/19)

As mysterious, beautiful and otherworldly as she was in Zulawski’s Possession, Isabelle Adjani stars with Klaus Kinski as the galvanizing pair in this masterful re-invention of Murnau’s 1922 silent. It’s hard to remember a time when Werner Herzog didn’t belong to the whole world, but rather was merely an unofficial spearhead of the “New German Cinema”, along with Wenders and Fassbinder. That time officially ended in 1979, as the sweepingly beautiful, archly expressionistic Nosferatu The Vampyre became Herzog’s first film Hollywood backing and an international cast. Here, he re-invents many of Murnau’s signature moments, but with an emphasis on the stretching of time to a bizarre, hallucinatory stroll, as if we are inside Dracula’s syrupy, centuries-old field of vision. Amongst this heightened setting, Kinski is pitch-perfect as the rat-like, pale demon — and Adjani is electric, adding an extra hypnotic/iconic dimension to an already mythic re-telling of the Bram Stoker tale. Come breathe in a brand-new 35mm print of the film’s German-language version (produced simultaneously with the English version, and unseen theatrically on these shores!)
Dir. Werner Herzog, 1979, 35mm, 107 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Nosferatu the Vampyre”!