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Nosferatu the Vampyre
Directed by Werner Herzog • 1979 • West Germany
Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz
It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real-estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife, Lucy (Isabelle Adjani), begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger. Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraithlike figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula. The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the presence of a vampyre. What he doesn’t know is the magnitude of danger he, his wife, and his town are about to experience.