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Love never dies.
When Dracula leaves the captive Jonathan Harker and Transylvania for London in search of Mina Harker -- the spitting image of Dracula's long-dead wife, Elisabeta -- obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing sets out to end the madness.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a superb Gothic love story. Stoker's novel is a beautifully written epic tale that cleverly uses religion, mythology and folklore to create one of the most iconic monsters ever. Now there have been many films inspired by this novel, but there aren't that many that follow the book very well. I'd wager that Coppola's film is one of the most faithful adaptations ever made. Even though it takes a few liberties, it understands what the story at its heart is about and manages to tell it without diminishing it to a cheap horror story.
This is perhaps the last 'good' film Coppola made. It on more than one occasion showcases his talent for structuring a narrative…
Film #22 of Project 90
"There is much to be learned from beasts."
Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula is a visually spectacular adaptation of Bram Stoker’s famous and legendary story, Coppola turns this classic and hair-raising story of good vs evil into an absolutely glamorous show of colors, lights and shadows and with his masterful ability of creating unique and exciting atmospheres he makes us feel all the horror, madness and wickedness of the evil Count Dracula. The overall tone of Coppola’s film comes very close to the original story’s and that’s what separates this from so many other messy adaptations. Dracula is a precise and neat cinematic adaptation which shows why many people have fell in love with the story…
I once told someone that Keanu Reeves was so bad in Bram Stoker's Dracula that it was "like Ted took a bogus journey to Transylvania."
I love this movie despite him and not just because of the extreme hotness of Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder.
What happens when you shove style over substance is Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Yes, all dark and gothic the movie exudes a visual flair and panache from the make up to the costumes to the sets themselves, grandiose shadowy brooding structures where evils lurk behind every corner. Forced perspectives were often employed to combine miniature effects or matte paintings with full sized elements, or create distorted views of reality, such as holding the camera upside down or at odd angles to create the effect of objects defying the laws of physics.
I think that we can safely say that Francis Ford Coppola, director of such classics as Apocalypse Now and the Godfather got that part dead on.
Where he failed was…
Two of my favourite people. In the same movie. Butchering the accent of my homeland.
What did I do to deserve this?
Here's a bit of personal trivia for you: I once played Dracula on stage. I studied Drama as a teenager and my dulcet tones delivered a crisp, Slavic accent my teacher enjoyed and so he gave me the part. He didn't know but I based my performance on that of Gary Oldman's in this movie, Francis Ford Coppola's memorable take on Bram Stoker's Dracula, perhaps the most iconic book in all of modern literature. For a long time I've regarded his version highly, as a quite beautiful, erotic Gothic horror shot with a sumptuous atmosphere. I do still believe that, though my tolerance for it has waned somewhat; now I can recognise better the shocking miscasting at its heart leading…
This is a tremendously interesting film in a lot of ways, from the design to the practical effects to the complex cinematography. Unfortunately, much of the casting makes it almost unbearable at times. Gary Oldman is great in some scenes, but his dialogue is unintelligible and he projects no sexual chemistry whatsoever. Keanu Reeves, obviously, is infamously bad; Winona Ryder, however, is almost worse on balance, given how much of the film she has to carry. The great Tom Waits and Richard E. Grant are sadly miscast here; Sadie Frost is at least convincing. The bright spot is Anthony Hopkins, who camps it up hilariously and is very entertaining, while simultaneously undercutting the carefully constructed mood whenever he appears with…
Gary Oldman's crazy dress-up playhouse...
What a bombastic piece of filmmaking. I like when you watch a film and can tell that the minds behind the camera are not only supremely educated in the craft, but so technically proficient that they are able to capture the spirit of their own ambition. Cappola might have lost his mind a decade earlier, but he didn't lose his skill, and Dracula perfectly embodies that idea.
Sure, a lot of things in this film aren't all that good. Keanu is abysmal (albeit still entertaining), Wynona Rider looks about as interested in this film as a child with a theoretical physics book, and the melodrama is perhaps a bit too much at times. But the gorgeous cinematography, the symbolically dense…
The story is about a young lawyer travels to a gloomy eastern European village, where the local count, Dracula, takes an interest in him. He learns too late the count is a powerful vampire, one who would very much like take his wife-to-be, Mina, for his own. This movie has a cool Dracula and good make-up and good costumes.
Coppola continues his streak of disappointing films with this ambitious, but ultimately unsatisfying adaptation of Stoker's novel. It's a gorgeous looking film, but it suffers from three ultimately crippling problems.
1) The film is miscast. Some of the cast is just simply bad. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder deliver abysmal performances. Some are just not right for their parts ... notably Oldman, who is a fine actor, but just isn't right for this part.
2) The overly ornate melodramatic film is ultimately drammatically inert. It's an impressive looking spectacle that completely fails to deliver any suspense or dramatic tension, even when character's lives are at stake.
3) It seels itself as a faithful adaptation of the source material right down…
Putting another notch in the "how had I not seen this?" list. Loved the campiness and overall visual style. Melodramatic in the right ways. A bit long but hardly a complaint. I could watch the prologue over and over.
Francis Ford Coppola is GOD
So stylishly BOSS and sensory captivating for its entire run-time. Staggeringly beautiful, disturbingly bizarre, and crafted like only a genius as Coppola could; this Gothic Romance/Erotic thriller/Monster movie is a wonder to watch. Some heart-stopping shots and a constantly awesome score make for an instantly immersive experience. The story of practical effects by Roman Coppola is impressive and a Making of Dracula video would be as cinematically interesting as Apocalyse Now's...
Blends all its elements perfectly well and lets the classic story fold in before our eyes without forcing anything. The acting is great, except for a wooden Keanu Reeves. His character has to convey the fear of being trapped in Transylvania, the desperation when…
I have something of a love/hate relationship with Dracula adaptations and I avoided this one for eight years before finally catching up with a television showing.
There are minus points about this film, of course, but in the main it is very good indeed. You simply have to ignore the wooden antics which pass for acting by a certain Keanu Reeves and instead revel in the over-the-top and strangely sexy antics of an on-form Gary Oldman as the undead Count.
This adaptation, directed by Francis Coppola, has beautiful visuals and music, and is in turn horrific, quite frightening, raunchy, sexy and incredibly moving. Winona is good as well, and Sadie Frost as her wife, and Anthony Hopkins makes a very good Van Helsing. Choosing Tom Waits to play Renfield is something of a master stroke, too.
Not a bad version,
But something is lacking here.
I'm not sure what, though.
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- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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