shadow of the vampire was a brilliant movie. willem dafoe was particularly excellent as count orloch, though his make-up did half the work for him. it makes you laugh in spots(in a black comedy sort of way) and makes you think…”who’s the real vampire?”…since cinema captures the soul or as one character says, “theater audiences give me life, while the camera takes life from me”. some liberties were taken with historical fact but they’re minor(e.g. real female lead was somewhat dumpy) and i think cary elwes’ character was overly “rogue-ish”, but i’m being too analytical. i also think everyone should see the classic “nosferatu” before they see this, to fully appreciate it.