Shadow of the Vampire
Shadow of the Vampire is a 2000 metafiction horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige, written by Steven Katz, and starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. The film is a fictionalized documentary account of the making of the classic vampire film Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens, directed by F. W. Murnau, during which the film crew began to have disturbing suspicions about their lead actor.
In 1921, German director F. W. Murnau takes his cast and crew on-location in Czechoslovakia to shoot Nosferatu, an unauthorized version of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Murnau keeps his team in the dark about their schedule and the actor playing the vampire Count Orlok. It is left to the film's other main actor, Gustav von Wangenheim, to explain that the lead is an obscure German theater performer named Max Schreck, who is a character actor. To involve himself fully in his role, Schreck will only appear amongst the cast and crew in makeup, will only ever be filmed at night, and will never break character.
|author||Steven A. Katz|
|director||E. Elias Merhige|
|keywords||act albin grau bram stoker cast and crew character actor count dracula count orlok crucifix czechoslovakia dracula drink electric generator f. w. murnau film first time flood force fritz arno wagner generator german german people greta schröder gustav von wangenheim heligoland henrik galeen how to kill laudanum max schreck nosferatu obsess rosary shoot slovak slovakia to remember trap|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|publisher||Lions Gate Entertainment|