I saw this at the cinema when it originally came out, and it's the only film I have EVER fallen asleep to... At least I didn't totally waste my time, as I did get a good rest. This is not from a Herzog hater, by the way - I usually like his films... One star for the cinematography.
A beating heart of moss shrouded in mildew-stained parchment. Captures the organic horror of plague through devious, indirect means and awesome poetic beauty that never quite tips over into kitsch. Kinski is a great white worm here. Watch alongside playing Ice-Pick Lodge's 'Pathologic'/'Утопия'.
CINEMA _ Not sure about the necessity of making such a film. It is surely a perilous exercice, after Murnau of course but also after Polanski who made a comedy out of it. Herzog is dead serious, the cinematography splendid and it is all about the atmosphere. The sound is of all important : wind blowing, strange noises, Wagner over and over again. It almost falls into a caricature but it falls on the right side.
Herzog's take on the Murnau classic features a riveting turn by Klaus Kinski that unfortunately still pales next to Max Schreck's defining portrayal. This sterile take on Stoker's 'Dracula' lacks the power and horror of the '22 original. Of note is the score by Popol Vuh which is just dynamite. Well worth a look for its own distinct vision but a horror classic it is not...for that stick with the symphony.
The director, Werner Herzog, and the cinematographers of this movie did an excellent job creating an iry and ominous vibe to this film. As well as, highlighting the more touching moments, like Lucy and Johnathan’s farewell scene on the beach, with the perfect ambiance to provoke certain emotions. This is an overall great movie, and I would recommend to others.
From the opening shots, the film shows an immaculate atmospheric piece of horror. It follows all of the traditional rules of horror. Instead of simply being formulaic though, Herzog has shown how to create a masterpiece within the film. It is beautiful and eerie. It creates a perfect reality for the characters to exist in, haunting the entire time.
So many painters and paintings here, deeply digested, as the romantic era verges on the modern and monsters slide out from behind the Biedermeier for a last dance, even though we know that they figure a way to infect the modern era, too. I loved the way this film was haunted by the original. So smart and rich how Herzog conjured shadows of Murnau.
"Cruel is when you can't die even when you want to. The absence of love is the most abject pain....We've all contracted the plague, so let's enjoy whatever time we have left to live." 4.2 stars for Herzog's star-studded, rat-filled production of the classic Nosferatu.