Bela Lugosi and Dracula are inseparable images from the heyday of Hollywood. More than any other actor in film history, Lugosi is the master of the macabre, the king of the vampires, and the cult hero of horror movies. And yet he was also a man who fought in wars and revolutions, who married five times, and who mastered stagecraft and film arts in Hungary, Germany, and the United States. He remained an enigma in Hollywood even as his career dwindled into the weird worlds of drug abuse and filmmaker Ed Wood. Lugosi's fusion with the famed vampire became more permanent than ever when he was buried in his Dracula cape in 1956. LUGOSI: HOLLYWOOD'S DRACULA unravels the truth behind the legendary star by interweaving rare film footage from 1918-1956, home movies, and previously-unseen photographs with narration by Lugosi costar Robert Clarke and Lugosi fan Rue McClanahan. Numerous on-camera interviews span family members like his son and widow, Academy Award-winning director Robert Wise, ... Written by
An authorised documentary on one of Horror film's greatest legends.
It has been quite a long time since the last documentary on Bela Lugosi was made. Forrest J. Ackerman made a pretty good one on Lugosi in the early 1990s.
However, Bela Lugosi historian Gary Rhodes has gone further by presenting the ultimate tribute to the horror film icon.
Released to critical acclaim, "Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula" is a well-balanced account of the actors life and career. His theatre and film work from his career in Hungary and Germany is discussed in detail, along with Lugosi's early work in America.
Naturally, once the stage production of "Dracula" is mentioned, the documentary gets down to more familiar territory.
Lugosi's decline and drug addiction isn't side- stepped by any means as it is part of the Lugosi story, sadly.
Overall, a thoroughly fascinating and professionally made documentary. Using some of the music from the 1931 "Dracula" film really adds to the occasion.
The only slightly disappointing thing for me, was that the running time is under an hour. An icon of Lugosi's calibre is deserving of a feature length documentary - nearer an hour and a half.
Even so, there are loads of special features on the DVD - additional interview footage, some trailers from various Lugosi films, along with rare footage of the man himself being interviewed. Altogether, the total running time is nearly 2 hours.
Watch this and enjoy!
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