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Nosferatu the Vampyre

107 min | USA:96 min (theatrical version)
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Werner Herzog
5 wins & 4 nominations
Country: West Germany
Release Date: 1979-01-17
Filming Locations: Bavaria, Germany
Gross: ITL 53,870,000 (Italy) ( 1983)
Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Klaus Kinski
Count Dracula
Bruno Ganz
Jonathan Harker
Roland Topor
Walter Ladengast
Dr. Van Helsing
Dan van Husen
Jan Groth
Carsten Bodinus
Martje Grohmann
Rijk de Gooyer
Town official (as Ryk de Gooyer)
Clemens Scheitz
Lo van Hensbergen
Harbormaster's Assistent
John Leddy
Margiet van Hartingsveld
Tim Beekman
Jacques Dufilho
Michael Edols
Lord of the manor (uncredited)
Werner Herzog
Hand and Feet in Box with Rats (uncredited)
Stefan Husar
Norbert Losch
Johan te Slaa
Beverly Walker
Nun (uncredited)
Attila Árpa
Violinist Boy (uncredited)
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The whole crew comprised 16 people - twice as many as Werner Herzog had when he shot Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972).
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Klaus Kinski had to spend approximately four hours per day in make-up. Fresh latex ear pieces had to be poured for each day of shooting because they were destroyed at removal. Kinski, notorious for his violent daily temper-tantrums, had a very good relationship to Japanese make-up artist Reiko Kruk and was exceedingly patient and well-behaved during make-up.
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At the request of distributor 20th Century Fox, Herzog produced two versions of the film simultaneously, to appeal to English-speaking audiences. Scenes with dialogue were filmed twice, in German and in English, meaning that the actor's own voices (as opposed to dubbed dialogue by voice actors) could be included in the English version of the film. Herzog himself said in 2014 that the German version was more "authentic."
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It is obvious that it is unbearable for Dracula to see a Christian cross. When he arrives in Wismar by boat, he brings a coffin to a church. On his way, he walks over a cemetery full of crosses, which do not seem to hurt him at all. In the church however, he is hurt by the crosses hanging there.
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When the captain of the ship is writing in his log he says they left the Caspian Sea, which is landlocked and nearly 1000 miles away from the port in Bulgaria where the voyage started. Bulgaria is on the Black Sea.
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Though everyone on the ship dies during its voyage with Dracula aboard, including its captain, it still manages to miraculously reach its intended destination, the very town in which Lucy and Jonathan live. Even assuming Dracula was a competent navigator, the ship would be left to wander aimlessly through the daylight hours, rendering it completely unfeasible that it could arrive before Jonathan.
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Warden: The patient that came in yesterday is having a fit.
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Count Dracula: The absence of love is the most abject pain.
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Count Dracula: [Hearing howling] Listen...
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What are the differences between the International Version and the German Version?
The German version and the English/International version differ severely from each other, since Herzog shot the movie in both languages, meaning that he didn't just hire voice-actors to dub all the German lines but he decided to shoot the movie in German as well as in English. This means that several scenes have different camera angles or some scenes were conceived differently, i.e. it is possible that a dialogue that was shown in a close-up shot in the German version might be shown in a total shot in the international version. One could therefore argue that they didn't shoot the EXACT same movie. Examples with pictures can be found here.
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Isabelle Adjani
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