Some observations on Werner Herzog’s version of Nosferatu. It had been on my ‘to watch’ list for a very long time.
I really had no idea it was filmed so extensively in the Netherlands (the old towns of Delft and Schiedam notably), which made it a lot more fun for me. There are more silly mistakes/anachronisms visible (light switches for instance), but the one below really made me laugh. The sign on the right that says ‘Museum’ is clearly visible. (It’s the Museum Paul Tetar van Elven.)
I found it an odd film, which unfortunately can’t hide its low budget nature. Some shots, mostly the interiors of the Harker residence, are staged and lit like an 80′s Australian soap.
I get it when some shots get out of focus shortly during a scene with movement, but for static ones I find it baffling. And inexcusable really. But it happens here, frequently.
An iconic scene. Good thing the flowers are in focus.
But there are some gorgeous shots to be found.
Highlight for me was Klaus Kinksi, who made Count Dracula not only creepy, but in a way pitiable as well. This might be the best lit shot of the entire film.
The music might really be one of the best things here. Popol Vuh of course, and the traditional Georgian folk song Tsintskaro. Kate Bush though so as well and used that for her song Hello Earth on Hounds of Love.