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04.20.2014 | 16 hours ago | Posted at 08:49 AM

Werner Herzog's Nosferatu

By David Luhrssen
  A cemetery could be filled with the ever-lengthening list of vampire movies, yet none have ever been as startling as German director F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent, Nosferatu. After 90 years, the film remains uncanny and unnerving. With his pointy ears and spindly fingers, Murnau’s aristocratic vampire, standing in for Count Dracula, is more extraterrestrial than an unde...
11.13.2012 | | Posted at 11:35 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Many film buffs consider Werner Herzog as a ‘70s art house director who moved into documentaries during the past 15 years, but as Eric Ames reminds us, Herzog made documentaries from the start. Ames’ book, Ferocious Reality: Documentary According to Werner Herzog (University of Minnesota Press), analyzes the aesthetic of the German director, who has often denounced the as...
10.28.2010 | | Posted at 08:36 AM
By David Luhrssen
Madness has always fascinated Werner Herzog, but the insanity of the German director�s newest film almost resembles the work of its producer, David Lynch. The elliptical My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done (out now on DVD) even features a dwarf in a tuxedo! Michael Shannon (currently starring in HBO�s �Boardwalk Empire�) plays a psychotic young actor who kills his intrusive mother with a sword and ho...