Saturday, April 30, 2011
Top 300 Movies Of All Time: #246 " Shadow Of The Vampire " (2000)
"Shadow of A Vampire" is just pure joy as movies are concerned.
John Malkovich plays legendary German film director F.W. Murnau, filming what would be the first great and enduring vampire flick ever made. That of course is the timeless, "Nosferatu".
There were always plenty of rumors surrounding the production of the film. Filmed in Germany in a more Bohemian era of the 1920's, Murnau wanted to adapted Bram Stoker's classic "Dracula", but the estate nixed it. So, they did the next best thing. They wrote an original screenplay that arguably was better than the novel.
Willem Dafoe plays the actor Max Schreck, playing the vampire "Count Orloff" in the film. It is simply one of the best performances in modern film making. He's just that convincing. Of course, he really gets into his role, playing out the character in real life. No one knows where Murnau found the guy and the audience is left to wonder if he's a real vampire portraying a fictional vampire. Malkovich is maniacal and Dafoe is almost demonic.