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Shadow of the Vampire

Directed by: E. Elias Merhige | 2000 | 1h 32m | Rated R

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O Cinema South Beach

1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach (786) 471-3269

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• General Admission – $10.00
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• General Admission – $25.00 + Free Small Popcorn
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Willem Dafoe is a celebrated actor with a career spanning over four decades. In that time, he has captivated audiences with his exceptional range, versatility, and emotional depth. His chameleon-like ability to embody diverse roles, from villains to heroes, has allowed him to work across various genres and with numerous acclaimed directors. Dafoe’s commitment to fully understanding his characters, combined with his dedication to physical transformations and intense preparation, elevates his performances to extraordinary levels. His collaborative spirit and strong work ethic make him a generous and valued partner on set, while his longevity and consistency in delivering powerful performances have solidified his standing as one of the greatest actors of his generation.

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SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE is a darkly humorous and chilling horror-drama that reimagines the making of the classic 1922 silent film Nosferatu, with Willem Dafoe delivering a captivating and unforgettable performance as the enigmatic vampire, Count Orlok.

In this fictional account of the making of F. W. Murnau’s masterpiece, Dafoe’s Count Orlok is revealed to be a real vampire, who has been hired by Murnau (John Malkovich) in his relentless pursuit of authenticity and cinematic perfection. As the cast and crew begin to suspect the terrifying truth behind Orlok’s otherworldly presence, they find themselves in a desperate struggle for survival.

Dafoe’s portrayal of Count Orlok is a masterclass in character acting, as he seamlessly blends menace, pathos, and dark humor into a complex and mesmerizing figure. With his uncanny physical transformation and commitment to the role, Dafoe evokes both fear and sympathy, creating a character that is both monstrous and deeply human. His performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and it remains one of the most iconic portrayals of a vampire in film history.

“”Willem Dafoe is Max Schreck.” I put quotes around that because it’s not just a line for a movie ad but the truth: He embodies the Schreck of “Nosferatu” so uncannily that when real scenes from the silent classic are slipped into the frame, we don’t notice a difference.”

“Wholly absorbing and inspired in parts, this carefully crafted curio dares to suggest that Murnau made a Faustian pact with an actual vampire to play the title role in exchange for the neck of the film’s leading lady at production’s end.”