The German-language version of Herzog's 1979 adaptation sees Kinski in the blood-sucking role
(1979) “Time is an abyss... Death is not the worst...” Just another 19th century real estate deal for Bruno Ganz’s Jonathan Harker, buying a house in town for this way-way-way out in the country count — but why are the peasants so silent at the mention of his name? Herzog’s homage to Murnau’s silent Nosferatu at times matches it shot for shot — with Klaus Kinski’s buck-toothed count a dead-ringer for original star Max Schreck — but adding sound, color, a passionate and sensual Isabelle Adjani, 11,000 rats, and in Kinski a vampire wracked by guilt, longing for death, and crushed under the weight of the centuries. Herzog shot two versions simulanteously: an English-language version that was released in the U.S. theatrically and on video and this German-language version (with English subtitles) that’s been virtually unseen here. Approx. 107 min. 35mm.