Saturday, October 31, 2009

Memento Mori: La Danse Macabre

Happy All Hallows' Eve! Which leads back to another Werner Herzog outing, this time with Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht / Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), a very memorable homage to -- and remake of -- the 1922 silent film version, with Klaus Kinski as the Count, Isabelle Adjani as Lucy Harker and Bruno Ganz as Jonathan Harker. It was originally released in both German and English language versions.

In this scene, Lucy (Adjani) walks across the town square. Nosferatu has released a plague of rats, and the townspeople are engaging in various bizarre activities, including the Danse Macabre or Totentanz. There's a really cool earlier scene where thousands of rats disembark from a small ship and run amok. In any case, plenty of creepiness in this movie suitable for Halloween, starting with desiccated, mummified humans filmed in Guanajuato, Mexico. In the clip above, again with the circling trope, and again with some barrels piled to the side (as in yesterday's clip from Even Dwarfs Started Small).

Today's Rune: The Mystery Rune.


ivan said...

I had to phone the German Consulate for this...couldn't find the word for rat catcher. She told me I mean rattenfaenger
Could have used one in that town square....But there were other things afoot, and in the air. Yikes.

Lana Gramlich said...

In response to your question, no I've never seen or heard a whip-poor-will. We do have Chuck-will's-widows in our area, though (heard, not seen.)

the walking man said...

I guess my tastes are simply not as refined. Although I do believe I would have caught a couple of hours sleep if this was in front of me.

Charles Gramlich said...

I have seen Chuck-Wills-widows, which are a relative of whipoorwills but with a slower cry.

This little scene is definitely creepy and what great creepy music.

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks all for the comments, cheers. Ivan, the Dutch mayor did pay for townsfolk to catch the (real) rats after the film shoot.

I'd love to hear a Chuck-wills's-widow, cool!

Walking Man, apples and oranges, I suppose. Chicken and steak.

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