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This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker's betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy's friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away. Written by
Several elements of the film were taken from previous Dracula adaptations. Renfield being Harker's predecessor (the characters are completely unrelated in the novel) has been used in numerous previous Dracula films, starting with Nosferatu. The scene of Dracula rising from his coffin for the first time is also taken from "Nosferatu." Dracula's line of dialogue, "I never drink...wine" has also been used in numerous previous Dracula films, originating with Dracula. The idea of Dracula's motivation for coming to England being to find his reincarnated lost love was first used in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The lunatics in the asylum rioting to signal the coming of Dracula was used in Dracula. References to non-Dracula films include Dracula turning Mina's tears into diamonds, a reference to the Jean Cocteau film Beauty and the Beast, Lucy's glass coffin, taken from the various versions of the "Snow White" story, and the window in Lucy's bedroom, taken from the Frank Capra film The Bitter Tea of General Yen. See more »
The vampire woman tears open Jonathan's shirt but it's previously shown to be already unbuttoned. See more »
By naming it "Bram Stoker's Dracula" Coppola holds himself to a higher standard of faithfulness to the original book than any other version of the story, past or future. And he falls flat on his face.
"Dracula" was never a romance, nor was it intended to be. If Coppola wanted to make a vampire love story, he was more than welcome to do so. But not Dracula. Dracula was about conquest, and NOT the romantic sort. If Dracula falls in love, it blows the entire plot and subtext of the original. How does that qualify as faithful to the original story?
Yes, beautiful cinematography. Yes, great cast (with the obvious exception of Keanu Reeves, who couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag). Yes, great costumes, score, yada yada.
NO, it was a LOUSY rendition of Dracula.
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