'Nosferatu the Vampyre'(1979)
Talk about beauty and the beast. As Lucy Harker, Isabelle Adjani is a divine ethereal presence. But there's nothing remotely alluring about Klaus Kinski's rodent-like Count Dracula in Werner Herzog's philosophical remake of Murnau's silent classic. A monster with a bald pate, fanged teeth, and talon-like fingernails, the count spies a photo of Lucy and is instantly smitten, but she remains committed to her husband, Jonathan. When Dracula descends on her bedroom one night, he cannot attack her because of her pure heart. Instead, they speak mournfully about the curse of immortality and the meaning of death. When she decides to sacrifice herself to save the town from his insatiable bloodlust, she's also rescuing him from his exhaustion with eternal life.
—Christopher Wallenberg, Globe Correspondent