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Dracula (1992)

AKA's: Bram Stoker's Dracula / Dracula D'Apres Bram Stoker / Drakula

Release date: 1992 USA
Running time: 122' (cover 123'/USA 128') - Source: DVD (RC 2/PAL)
Rating: Germ.: 16; UK: 18; US: R
Main Crew: Director: Francis Ford Coppola (The Cotton Club 1984; Rumble Fish 1983; The
               Outsiders 1983; Apocalypse Now 1979; The Godfather 1-3)
Producer: American Zoetrope / Osiris Films
Score: Wojciech Kilar
Writer: James V. Hart
Director of photography: Michael Ballhaus


Summary: Director Francis Ford Coppola returns to the original source of the Dracula myth, and from that gothic romance, he creates a modern masterpiece.
It follows the tortured journey of the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian Prince (Gary Oldman) as he moves from Eastern Europe to the 19th century London in search of his long lost love Elisabeta, who is reincarnated as the beautiful Mina (Winona Ryder). Anthony Hopkins co-stars as the famed Doctor Van Helsing and Keanu Reeves is Jonathan Harker who is forced to fight the dark forces of Dracula for the love of Mina.

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This movie is my abolute favourite. I watch it aprox. once per month, and never get tired of it. The gothic technique which Coppola used to emphasise the haunting and chilling ambient is breathtaking. In this movie Vlad is not the evil villain as in so many other adaptations, here he is a victim, a victim of love and passion. Coppola created a sad but sublime Vlad Tepes in a way never shown. The emphasis lies on the love-theme, which was originally meant by Bram Stoker. If you haven't seen this one, which I honestly doubt, watch it and you will be drowned in a world of love, passion and sublime romance.

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