Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
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as F.W. Murnau
as Max Schreck
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Critic Reviews for Shadow of the Vampire
The screenplay, by Steven Katz, suffers from arch, almost unspeakably theatrical dialogue, and, as Murnau, John Malkovich recites his lines as if monomania were synonymous with monotonic: He drains the drama of blood.
Wholly absorbing and inspired in parts, this carefully crafted curio dares to suggest that Murnau made a Faustian pact with an actual vampire to play the title role in exchange for the neck of the film's leading lady at production's end.
Intriguing, eccentric, sporadically entertaining tosh (but tosh all the same).
Audience Reviews for Shadow of the Vampire
The idea is really original and Dafoe delivers a spectacular performance under that fantastic makeup (the scene of the Count devouring the bat is hysterical); it is just a pity, though, that the weak script has such a redundant dialogue and Merhige's direction has some misfires.
If there is a good reason to watch this film, then it's Willem Dafoe's spine shivering performance. From his body language and disturbing smile, to his maniacal voice, Dafoe delivers a performance that shouldn't be forgotten very easily. There was a particular scene that was priceless; of how Dafoe's character was hit by the sun, his reaction was so convincing, its very difficult to ignore how powerful Willem Dafoe made this Oscar worthy performance, for which I personally believe he should've won.
Shadow of the Vampire Quotes
|FW. Murnau:||Go ahead! Eat the writer! That will leave you explaining how your character gets to Bremen!|
|FW. Murnau:||If it's not in frame, it doesn't exist!|
|FW. Murnau:||Why him, you monster? Why not the... script girl?|
|Max Schreck:||Oh. The script girl. I'll eat her later.|
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