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Movie: Shadow of the Vampire 我和吸血鬼有份合約

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Willem Dafoe stars as Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire, about the making of the 1922 cult classic, Nosferatu.

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Rated R, directed by E. Elias Merhige, with John Malkovich (F.W. Murnau), Willem Dafoe (Max Schreck), Cary Elwes (Fritz Arno Wagner), Aden Gillett (Henrick Galeen), Eddie Izzard (Gustav von Wangenheim), Udo Kier (Albin Grau), Catherine McCormack (Greta Schroeder), running time: 92 minutes.

E. Elias Merhige looks at the filming of F.W. Murnau's 1922 German cult classic, Nosferatu, dubbed the scariest vampire movie of all time. Why the scariest? Murnau believed that the best way to make a vampire movie was to hire a real-life vampire. He found his man in Max Schreck, who his co-stars found to be as much a monster off screen as on. Murnau convinces Schreck to take the job by offering him the neck of the beautiful drug-addicted actress Greta Schroeder once the film is in the can. The rest of the cast is hesitant, however, wondering why the vampire demands to work only at night and why crew members keep turning up dead.

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