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

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SLAV2360 Final Notes 10/12: DRACULA THE MOVIE 1992 Dracula movie’s director = Francis Coppola Many movies make Renfield a larger character than he was in the book (starting with the 1931 movie) o They explain that he went to Transylvania first to help Dracula buy properties but then he went crazy so Harker took his place Film’s biggest criticism = Keanu Reeves as Johnathan “I never drink… wine” is a famous line that’s not in the book Film depict Dracula as pretty bipolar (characteristic of Byronic hero) The 3 women in Dracula’s castle – it is implied that they were former lovers that Dracula turned into vampires 10/14: DRACULA FROM STAGE TO SCREEN The Vampire or The Bride of the Isles (1820 play) o Based on Polidori’s Vampyre o First played in France o Stoker knew about the tricks used to sell this play The vampire trap (a trick trap door) Borrowed special effects from stage magician Vampire had a black cloak actor falls into trap door and when he is dropped down the cloak floats to the ground o Irving was not interested in showing this play & laughed it off Dracula or The UnDead (May 18, 1897) o Tuesday after 10 am, Dracula showed this play to secure copyright o He took printing proof of Dracula to make a script (literally cut & paste) o Play has to be performed somewhere in front of an audience to secure copyright he just wanted to play it and then edit it later o The first person to present Dracula Mr. Jones o The play lasted over 5 hours and 47 scenes o Used antiquated sets, and the actors sometimes read off paper o Irvi ng saw it and said it was “dreadful” so Stoker gave up Drakula Halála (1921) o Hungarian film, means “Dracula’s death” o First Dracula film ever
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o May be the first appearance of the 2 teeth o About a crazy man in an asylum that believes he’s Dracula – he convinces a woman of his delusions and had strange dream sequences Nosferatu (1922) o By Prana Films originally in Germany o Movie was originally shown in a zoo because the nocturnal animals made creepy noises (and there was an orchestra because it was a silent film) o Director: F.W. Murnau o Not very popular in Germany but did better in France o Anything before 1923 = public domain o He plagiarized Dracula and changed the names o Count Orlok was played by Max Schreck and come to Germany o Harker = Hooter, Mina = Helen o Nosferatu m eans “plague bringer” o Prana Films fights the lawsuits from Stoker’s widow until they lose all their money (go bankrupt) so Florence gets no money o Nosferatu is ordered to be destroyed by a judge o Florence wants a worldwide copyright for the play version o After this film people thought sunlight killed the vampire (most likely because the director misread the ending of Dracula the novel) Hamilton Deane o He was a B-level playwright and a family friend of the Stokers o “Barn stormer” – he catered to rural audiences Sensationalist, crime/thrillers, made money but bad writing/acting
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