The Fear of God: Shadow of the Vampire

3 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire, starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.

One Response to “The Fear of God: Shadow of the Vampire”

  1. FictionIsntReal March 3, 2020 at 11:29 pm #

    It’s been a long time since I saw this. I remember it being pretty good. More recently I saw Merhige’s first/previous feature, “Begotten”, which is nothing at all like Shadow of the Vampire, or basically any mainstream film. It’s avant-garde to the extreme, with him even deliberately subjecting his film stock to damage in order to make the image even less clear.

    I found it very odd that you brought up Woody Allen as an example of a director who subjects his actors to extreme demands in order to perfect a product. David Fincher is an exacting director who demands an enormous number of takes to get what he wants. Woody is the opposite: more like Clint Eastwood, people joke that he never had a first take he didn’t think was good enough. This permits him to continue to raise his modest budgets to make films that he makes in a short amount of time, roughly once per year and always on time.

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