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This nifty 27 minute retrospective documentary offers some illuminating insights into the making of Jess Franco's "Count Dracula." Franco notes that his film is an extremely faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's book and reveals that star Christopher Lee was initially worried about how they were going to show Dracula becoming younger and stronger as the story unfolds. Producer Harry Alan Towers claims Klaus Kinski was difficult to work with while Franco states that he had no problems working with Kinski (who according to Franco really did eat flies and insisted on having as little dialogue as possible). Franco originally wanted Vincent Price to portray Van Helsing, but nonetheless was still happy when Herbert Lom was cast in the part (amazingly, the scenes between Lom and Lee were shot separately using body doubles!). Moreover, Franco remembers actress Soledad Miranda as an elegant and photogenic lady who was a complete natural in front of the camera. In addition, Franco admits the movie could have been better if he had only had a bit more money in the budget (Franco had to the finish the picture using his own money). We also learn that the film was mainly shot in Barcelona and that the wild dogs were actually police dogs. Worth watching for fans of the movie.
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