|Syd Midnight |
Lugosi's English was so poor then, he had to learn his lines phonetically. Still, a seminal moment in western horror.
I thought it did work though. It makes it sound like the Count knows English, he just hadn't had a chance to use it for...a long time.
My grandmother used to tell me that, growing up in Italy, Lugosi was a huge sex symbol.
Belllaaa Lugosiiiiiiiiiizzzzz deeeehd! un-dehd un-dehd undehd!
Yeah, but that's a true story. Lugosi was apparently quite the ladies man back in the day before the old age, obscurity, and drugs. I think she also admired him for learning English phonetically which was a big deal to learn back then. She learned it by watching movies.
I don't understand. Where's his crossbow? Where's his big floppy hat? Where are the Titty Birds?
So crude, yet such a moment of incredible tension.
|B. Weed |
Wouldn't it have been fun to see these two in the original Broadway stage production?
I've always been a big fan of the original Dracula. It has it's flaws as is obvious from the awkwardness of a classic silent director moving into sound pictures, but still a great little horror film, really well shot.
All that jazz about the Spanish version being better is, I think, overhype. The Spanish version has bit more technical flair and more modern camera usage, but it lacks the charisma of this one.
I also tried watching this with the new Philip Glass/Kronos Quarter score and just couldn't make it through more than, like, 10 minutes or so. Just didn't work for me.
I'm not sure I'd go as far as to say "ahead of its time" in regards to its lack of score... was that really a conscious stylistic choice?
Regardless, sometimes the music-less approach works as far as tension goes... sometimes it doesn't. The recent film The Mist, for example, sometimes pulls it off - and sometimes the film drags because of it.
One of my absolute favorite movies, and BECAUSE it is so flawed. It somehow managed to enter the collective subconscious despite being so miserable, and I'm cool with that. It seemed to be the movie that closest approximated the hack writing of Stoker's original.
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