THE PRODIGIOUS AND EVER-GROWING ISABELLE ADJANI
Review for Netflix of Werner Herzog's NOSFERATU

by Christopher Fulkerson

CF's Composition Desk

CF Conducting Maxwell Davies
Vesalii icones

 

This is perhaps the most thoughtful and profound vampire movie.   First of all, it features self-sacrifice as the means of "defeating" the vampire, and here the star for that is the very great and brilliant Isabelle Adjani.   She is absolutely huge in this film, perfect, beautiful, and bigger every time I see her, prodigious.   There is more to the Kinski vampire than you at first assume - he is disgusted by his sycophantic admirer Renfield, and sends him off to Riga with an army of rats.    Significant nuance of loss: the movie was subtitled "Symphony of Horror," and this "Sound of Horror" was clearly to be heard in the original cinema version, the sound of the cutting of the vampire's teeth into the neck of the self-sacrificed one.   It almost sounded like an apple bite, but hollow: very disturbing.   For some inexplicable reason, this sound is covered now, so that one, single, horrifying subtle "Symphony" is lost.   Let us hope that in the future is will be again evident.

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First posted 3/16 2011

Copyright c 2011 by Christopher Fulkerson.


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