Tuesday, May 30, 2023

That Romantic Nosferatu

BD has word today that Robert Eggers' long long long awaited new version of Nosferatu wrapped filming in Prague on May 19th -- starring sexyboy Bill Skarsgård as the titular fiend, Lily-Rose Depp as the fair damsel, Nicholas Hoult as her hot cuck hubby, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as some guy named "Friedrich Harding," and Willem Dafoe as "Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz" (yes it's true IMDb has finally updated the cast list with names, huzzah!), the film according to BD filmed for three months. I shared a photo of Nicky, Bill and Aaron chilling at a Prague pub back in April -- now I suppose we just start waiting, and waiting, although the wait is less arduous now that we know the movie's actually been filmed! Eggers has been talking about doing this for a decade, and I have been wanting to see what his Nosferatu would look like for exactly that long. There is a little bit more new info at BD on the movie, and given the look of Eggers' films has become of paramount importance here three masterpieces (yeah I said it) in, it's some vital information:

"Cinematographer Jarin Blaschke confirmed that the film had been shot in color, with a look reminiscent of 19th century Romanticism.”

When I think of Romanticism I think of lots of colors -- warm, vibrant colors. So this movie is already shaping up to be very different from the movie I had in my head, which was stark; if not black-and-white then something desaturated and stage-bound like Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. But this painting below, Eugène Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People" from 1830, is what Romanticism should make you think of:

Not at all what I had in my head for a Nosferatu! And that makes me incredibly happy, and curious, and yes indeed impatient. I can't wait to see what this thing will look like. I love to be surprised. Now they have me picturing the scenes in Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner where that painter's paintings got recreated in glorious detail:


Anonymous said...

I'm pretty certain that's a J.M.W. Turner painting. Did you post the wrong image?

Anonymous said...

Me again. Having read the rest of the post now I'm even more confused because you mention Turner and a film recreating one of his paintings. Am I drunk? Let me check....no. That's definitely not "Liberty Leading the People" though.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's Turner's The Slave Ship.

Jason Adams said...

Fixed it! After prepping the post I had decided to change the text but forgot to change the image, whoopsie. Didn't want it to all be Turner (even though he's probably my favorite)

Tom said...

How exiting! The mention of Romanticism however does seem fitting. I remember back when Tim Burton‘s Sleepy Hollow came out how very much it resembled Casper David Friedrich‘s paintings. If this one takes similar inspiration we’re in for a treat.