February 23, 2008

...Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

Knowing the truth about the 1922 German film, Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens, is a detriment to watching Shadow of the Vampire. The script uses the filming of the silent classic as a springboard for fiction that strays so far from the facts it makes the ending, and ultimately the story, absurd. And while Willem Dafoe received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his performance as actor Max Schreck, the usually effective john Malkovich was unconvincing as director F.W. Murnau - making this movie just a shadow of a film.

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