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SLAV2360 Final Notes 10/12:DRACULATHEMOVIE 1992 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 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 bookFilm 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:DRACULAFROMSTAGETOSCREEN The Vampireor The Bride of the Isles(1820 play) oBased on Polidori’s VampyreoFirst played in France oStoker 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 oIrving was not interested in showing this play & laughed it off Draculaor The UnDead(May 18, 1897) oTuesday after 10 am, Dracula showed this play to secure copyright oHe took printing proof of Dracula to make a script (literally cut & paste) oPlay has to be performed somewhere in front of an audience to secure copyright –he just wanted to play it and then edit it later oThe first person to present Dracula –Mr. Jones oThe play lasted over 5 hours and 47 scenes oUsed antiquated sets, and the actors sometimes read off paper oIrving 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 teeth oAbout 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) oBy Prana Films originally in Germany oMovie was originally shown in a zoo because the nocturnal animals made creepy noises (and there was an orchestra because it was a silent film) oDirector: F.W. Murnau oNot very popular in Germany but did better in France oAnything before 1923 = public domain oHe plagiarized Dracula and changed the names oCount Orlok was played by Max Schreck and come to Germany oHarker = Hooter, Mina = Helen oNosferatu means “plague bringer”oPrana Films fights the lawsuits from Stoker’s widow until they lose all their money (go bankrupt) so Florence gets no money oNosferatu is ordered to be destroyed by a judge oFlorence wants a worldwide copyright for the play version oAfter this film people thought sunlight killed the vampire (most likely because the director misread the ending of Dracula the novel) Hamilton Deane oHe 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