Film: Shadow of the Vampire
F.W. Murnau: I will not allow you to destroy my picture!
Max Schreck: This is hardly your picture any longer.Shadow of the Vampire
is a 2000 film directed by E. Elias Merhige, starring John Malkovich
and Willem Dafoe.
Malkovich plays F.W. Murnau, the German director who sets out to make his most identifiable film, Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens.
To make his somewhat lawyer-friendly take on Dracula
, he hires the mysterious Max Shreck to play the vampire Count Orlock. Murnau knows that Schreck is a real-life vampire, and he's hired the actor to ensure a real-life performance. But, he's really bitten off more than he can chew this time
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