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Cristina Massaccesi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780993238451

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780993238451.001.0001

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Nosferatu’s Afterlives

Nosferatu’s Afterlives

(p.103) Chapter 5Nosferatu’s Afterlives

Cristina Massaccesi

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at the legacy of Nosferatu (1922). Nosferatu, or at least some of the film's iconic images, are undoubtedly embedded in popular culture and are thus often quoted. Its impact is not simply limited to cinema or television: there are comic books featuring Nosferatu as their villain or main character but also operas and rock songs that more or less directly refer to the character. All these quotations, parodies, and allusions, although differing from the point of view of quality and artistry, are important in their own right because they act as an everlasting testimony to the vitality and ultimate immortality of the imaginary world that has accompanied the film since its release. The chapter then considers two cinematic reprisals and reworkings of the original film: Werner Herzog's Nosferatu Phantom der Nacht released in 1979 that can be considered as a legitimate remake of Murnau's film, and the biopic/making of/vampire flick Shadow of the Vampire directed by E. Elias Merhige in 2000.

Keywords:   Nosferatu, popular culture, cinema, cinematic reprisals, Werner Herzog, E. Elias Merhige

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