Final Study Guide - SLAV2360 Final Notes 10/12: DRACULA THE...

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SLAV2360 Final Notes10/12:DRACULATHEMOVIE1992 Dracula movie’s director = Francis CoppolaMany movies make Renfield a larger character than he was in the book(starting with the 1931 movie)oThey explain that he went to Transylvania first to help Dracula buyproperties but then he went crazy so Harker took his placeFilm’s biggest criticism = Keanu Reeves as Johnathan“I never drink… wine” is a famous line that’s not in the bookFilm depict Dracula as pretty bipolar (characteristic of Byronic hero)The3 women in Dracula’s castle –it is implied that they were former loversthat Dracula turned into vampires10/14:DRACULAFROMSTAGETOSCREENThe VampireorThe Bride of the Isles(1820 play)oBased on Polidori’s VampyreoFirst played in FranceoStoker knew about the tricks used to sell this playThe vampire trap (a tricktrap door)Borrowed special effects from stage magicianVampire had a black cloakactor falls into trap door and when he isdropped down the cloak floats to the groundoIrving was not interested in showing this play & laughed it offDraculaorThe UnDead(May 18, 1897)oTuesday after 10 am, Dracula showed this play to secure copyrightoHe took printing proof of Dracula to make a script (literally cut & paste)oPlay has to be performed somewhere in front of an audience to securecopyrighthe just wanted to play it and then edit it lateroThe first person to present DraculaMr. JonesoThe play lasted over 5 hours and 47 scenesoUsed antiquated sets, and the actors sometimes read off paperoIrving saw it and said it was “dreadful” so Stoker gave upDrakula Halála(1921)oHungarian film, means “Dracula’s death”oFirst Dracula film ever
oMay be the first appearance of the 2 teethoAbout a crazy man in an asylum that believes he’s Dracula –heconvinces a woman of his delusions and had strange dream sequencesNosferatu(1922)oBy Prana Films originally in GermanyoMovie was originally shown in a zoo because the nocturnal animals madecreepy noises (and there was an orchestra because it was a silent film)oDirector: F.W. MurnauoNot very popular in Germany but did better in FranceoAnything before 1923 = public domainoHe plagiarized Dracula and changed the namesoCount Orlok was played by Max Schreck and come to GermanyoHarker = Hooter, Mina = HelenoNosferatu means “plague bringer”oPrana Films fights the lawsuits from Stoker’s widow until they lose all theirmoney (go bankrupt) so Florence gets no moneyoNosferatu is ordered to be destroyed by a judgeoFlorence wants a worldwide copyright for the play versionoAfter this film people thought sunlight killed the vampire (most likelybecause the director misread the ending of Dracula the novel)Hamilton DeaneoHe was a B-level playwright and a family friend of the Stokerso“Barn stormer” –he catered to rural audiencesSensationalist, crime/thrillers, made money but bad writing/acting

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