Shadow Of The Vampire

Synopsis: Shadow of the Vampire is a film about the making of a German all time classic silent horror-movie from 1922 called Nosferatu-Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu-a Symphony of Horror). The production of Nosferatu had to deal with a lot of strange things (some crew members disappeared, some died). This movie focuses on the difficult relationship between Murnau, the director, and Schreck, the lead actor.
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director(s): E. Elias Merhige
Production: Lions Gate Releasing
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 24 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

- Herr Doctor told me.|- I never heard of Max Schreck|in the Reinhardt Company.

Herr Doctor told me|he was with Stanislavsky|in Moscow.

Oh, dear. One of|the Russian school then.

As part of his preparation,|he submerges his own|personality...

into that of the character|he's playing.

That is why|he is not traveling with us.

Herr Doctor told me|he went to Czechoslovakia|weeks ago,

to absorb the flavour|of the place, I suppose.

Herr Doctor|also told me...

that when we get there|and start filming,

Max Schreck|will only appear to us|in full makeup and costume,

as the vampire.

Furthermore,|we will only film him...

at night.

And why wasn't|I told about it ?|I'm the producer.

Well, he told me.

[ Clamoring ]

Tell me|you're not too pretty|to work for me.

Yes, sir.|I love the cinema.

Friedrich, I just|realized this morning,

our financiers, they don't know|what picture you are making.

The crew don't know|what picture you're making.

The cast don't know|what picture you're making.

And now, I don't know|what picture you're making.|Are you happy ?

Albin.|I know.|Tell them nothing.

[Man]|There he is.

Gentlemen, I'm Albin Grau,|producer and art director|oft his picture.

Is it true Murnau is filming|Stoker's Dracula ?

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau|is Germany's greatest fiilmmaker,

in a class with such masters|as Refice and Eisenstein.

At present,|he is supervising|every detail...

of this unique|on-location expedition.

The major part--|who's going to play ?|Thank you, gentlemen.

Will you be filming|in Germany ?|Thank you, gentlemen.

[ Hissing, Whistle Blows ]

[ Clamoring ]

[Murnau]|Our battle, our struggle|is to create art.

Our weapon is|the moving picture.

Because we have|the moving picture,

our paintings|will grow and recede.

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