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Nosferatu (1979) (DVD) BFI


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Nosferatu the Vampyre (DVD) A film by Werner Herzog Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz, Downfall) lives with his young wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani, Possession) in the idyllic town of Wismar, where he works as an estate agent.

In spite of grim omens, Harker ventures deep into the Carpathian Mountains to close a property deal with Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski – Aguirre, Wrath of God), a sickly, wraith-like creature with sunken eyes and pallid skin. While dining that night at the Count’s ghostly castle, Harker cuts his finger, provoking a disturbing reaction in his otherworldly host.

Werner Herzog’s masterful contribution to the vampire canon is both a tribute to the 1922 silent cinema version, and an atmospheric and thoughtful horror film in its own right. Kinski’s exquisite central performance, Herzog’s painterly images and Popul Vuh’s ethereal music combine to create one of horror cinema’s most hypnotic and seductive experiences.

Fully remastered by the BFI, this dark masterpiece is available here in its original English language version. Accompanied by a fascinating and revealing on-set documentary.

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Special Features

Fully remastered presentation
English language version
On-set documentary (1979, 13 mins): promotional film featuring candid interviews with director Werner Herzog and star Klaus Kinski