Stunning images from Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein and superb silent-movie style performances from Kinski, Adjani and Ganz distinguish Herzog’s stylish, thoughtful vampire film – an explicit attempt to connect with, and pay tribute to, the greatest era of German cinema. It differs from Murnau’s earlier version of the story in stressing the melancholy consequences of the Count’s immortality, so that his desire is also a hungry deathwish. A film hauntingly elegant in itself and rich in its allusions.
Released as part of the BFI’s UK-Wide Gothic season.
Certificate: 12A Distributor: BFI Distribution
Dir. Werner Herzog, West Germany | France, 1979, 107 mins, English | German | Romany
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz