Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Gettin' kinda Kinski
One of the central twists in Murnau's Nosferatu is how the vampire is not chased down by the men (as in Stoker's novel) but rather lured to the Mina character's chamber as she offers herself as a sacrifice to save the larger community.
To make this even more obvious, I thought I remembered Murnau having Orlock almost escape with the encroaching daylight, but that Mina drew him back to her to make sure the job was finished. However, upon my last viewing of Nosferatu I was confused to discover that this is not the case.
Because that's from Werner Herzog's 1979 Nosferatu the Vampire! Ah-HA!
This is the cource for a pivotal moment in Dark Side ... though whether or not the lady's intentions are entirely pure are left to interpretation.