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In Search of Dracula (1975)

Vem var Dracula? (original title)
A documentary exploring the legends of vampires, using books, paintings and early films on the subject.

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A documentary exploring the legends of vampires, using books, paintings and early films on the subject.

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The blood-curdling truth behind the legendary vampire.


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Based on Raymond McNally and Radu Florescu's book of the same name, which explores the historical Vlad the Imapler and his influence on the making of Bram Stoker's "Dracula." The film also makes a detour to cover information from Florescu's follow-up book "In Search of Frankenstein." While not mentioned by name, the alchemist referenced who probably inspired Mary Shelley to write "Frankenstein" was the notorious Konrad Dippel. Just as Vlad Tepes has now become essential to the vampire myth, Florescu's research has resulted in Dippel being incorporated into Frankenstein mythology in popular culture. See more »

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Wonderful Documentary
24 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Tor Isedal & Christopher Lee will take the viewer on a journey "In Search of Dracula". It starts off with some of the earliest known legends and tales of vampires then we travel through time to the story of the real Dracula Vlad Tepes, onward to Bram Stoker and then vampires on film. The documentary is a wonderful look into legends and folklore, real vampires and a brief look at vampires on screen.

You will see some fascinating footage as well as beautiful works of arts surrounding vampires. Wonderful to see Sir Christopher Lee as Dracula and Vlad Tepes in this documentary.

There is a bit of padding toward the end of the film with Mary Shelby's Frankenstein and a look at Bela Lugosi in one of his silent films The Midnight Girl (1925). But this did not mess up the documentary it simply added some extra interest.

This a good film if you would like to explore further into vampires and Count Dracula.

9.5/10


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