Shadow of the Vampire ★★★★

What a strange movie.

A+ concept. F.W. Murnau got a real vampire to film his 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens? Perfect. Murnau is played by John Malkovich and the vampire by Willem Dafoe? I'm in.

The framing of this movie is... interesting. It starts at the beginning of the making of Nosferatu. No preamble, hardly any set up. When the movie starts we're already going. That extends all the way to the end of the film, which I won't give away.

This movie isn't interested in anything other than the making of the film, every now and then we get a scene of the crew just talking or of conflict between Murnau and the vampire, but I'd say 90% of this is them shooting the movie. I have no complaints there, just taking note of it.

As a lover of every iteration of Nosferatu (especially the 1979 Werner Herzog version), this was wonderful and when I first heard about this film it sounded like a dream come true. It was certainly weird and different but I enjoyed it nonetheless.