Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nosferatu (The Vampyre)

"Nosferatu (The Vampyre)", 2014

24" x 20", oil on canvas

My latest painting was inspired by the film, "Nosferatu the Vampyre", Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of the old silent film by F. W. Murnau. It stars Klaus Kinski the depraved count, who decides he wants to relocate from his Transylvanian Castle to house on the Baltic Sea. For the most part Director Herzog tried hard to follow the plot of the original 1922 film, but there were differences, such as filming locations. Instead of filming at Castle Orava in Slovakia like in the original, Herzog used shots of a castle ruin to represent the exterior, because as the gypsies warned Harker, "The castle only exists in the minds of men. It is just a ruin, a ghost castle." The interior shots of the "ghost castle" were filmed at Castle Pernštejn in the Czech Republic. 

Here is a scene from inside Castle Pernštejn.

And here are some photos I made on a trip to Pernštejn some years ago.

Besides location differences, some scenes were added by Herzog that were not in the original, such as the one below.

Anyway, a great film whether you like Herzog films, or vampires movies, or both.

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