Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) 1979 PG

6.00PM Fri 11 Aug 2017 (1hr 47mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

I consider the vampire myth one of the richest and most fertile cinema has to offer. The images it contains have a quality beyond our usual experiences as film-goers; there is fantasy, hallucination, dreams and nightmares, visions and fear.

Nosferatu the Vampyre will screen from an archival 35mm film print.

A tribute to – but decidedly not a remake of – F.W. Murnau's classic vampire film Nosferatu 1922, Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre is a rich and haunting addition to the horror film genre. In reimagining the story, Herzog places greater emphasis on the eroticism and tragedy of the vampire figure. Where the Count of Murnau's film is hideous and inhuman, this rendition (embodied brilliantly by Klaus Kinski) is filled with the suffering of a figure who is tormented by his cruel desires and his yearning for humanity.

In 19th Century Germany, Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is sent off by his employer to assist the reclusive nobleman Count Dracula purchase a property. Despite warnings from the locals of Transylvania, Harker persists and soon finds himself and his wife (Isabelle Adjani) struggling to escape the attention of the Count. Nosferatu the Vampyre is one of Herzog's darkest and most alluring journeys into the realm of Gothicism.

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 115 MINS, WEST GERMANY, GERMAN/ENGLISH/TURKISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: WERNER HERZOG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: THOMAS MAUCH / EDITOR: BEATE MAINKA-JELLINGHAUS / PRODUCTION CO: WERNER HERZOG FILMPRODUKTION, ZDF / PRINT SOURCE: DEUTSCHE KINEMATHEK / RIGHTS: WERNER HERZOG FILM GMBH / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM