SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE
2000, Lionsgate, 90 min, UK/USA/Luxembourg, Dir: Elias Merhige

This fictional meditation about F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) and the making of NOSFERATU is based on the conceit that the director was so determined to make the most authentic movie ever that he employed a real vampire, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), to play the title character. Attributing Schreck's weird behavior and ghastly appearances to "Method" acting, Murnau indulges his leading man's every exigency, shooting only at night and at the remote locations the "actor" calls home. But Schreck hungers for human blood, and as cast and crew fall ill at a terrifying rate, Murnau races to finish his film before Schreck finishes him. An exceedingly witty exploration of creation, in which demanding artist and demanding star - the genius and the monster - reveal their uncontrollable, potentially destructive but unusually seductive compulsions.


BROTHER
BROER
2016, 115 min, Belgium/Ireland, Dir: Geoffrey Enthoven

Even after his twin brother Michel’s (Koen De Graeve) death, Mark (Koen De Bouw) still seethes at him for the failures of his marriage and the family hotel. When he gets a message intended for Michel from wealthy former flame Grace (Alison Doody), Mark thinks he can regain some of what he’s lost by impersonating his brother – but he has no idea what he’s walking into. The third collaboration between director Enthoven and screenwriter Pierre De Clercq is a seamless mix of thriller, family drama and a touch of buddy comedy. With Titus De Voogdt and Udo Kier. In Dutch and English with English subtitles.


THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE
DOCTEUR JEKYLL ET LES FEMMES
1981, 92 min, France/Germany, Dir: Walerian Borowczyk

Udo Kier stars as Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous doctor, who is about to marry Miss Fanny Osborne (Marina Pierro). At the pair’s high-society engagement party, a guest is found murdered - and with Mr. Hyde on the prowl, she won’t be the last victim. The great score by Bernard Parmegiani and Borowczyk’s rich Victorian production design lends this mix of horror and sadistic sex a nightmarish atmosphere. With Patrick Magee and Howard Vernon. In French with English subtitles.


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