An analysis of the construction mechanism for the magic in dominant narrative cinema though the filming of Count Dracula (1970), a commercial film by Jesús Franco.


Pere Portabella


Joan Brossa (idea), Pere Portabella (idea)





Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Self / Count Dracula (as Cristopher Lee)
Herbert Lom ... Self / Prof. Van Helsing
Soledad Miranda ... Self / Lucy Westenra
Jack Taylor ... Self / Quincey Morris


Vampir-Cuadecuc is possibly a key film in understanding the transition in the Spanish film world from the period of the "new cinemas" (permitted by the Franco government) towards the illegal, clandestine or openly antagonistic practices against the Franco regime. It consists of shooting the filming of a commercial film Count Dracula by Jesús Franco. Portabella practices two types of violence on the standard narrative: he totally eliminates color and substitutes the soundtrack with a landscape of image-sound collisions by Carles Santos. Filmed provocatively in 16mm and with sound negative, the tensions between black and white favor the strange "fantasmatic materialism" of this revealing analysis of the construction mechanism for the magic in dominant narrative cinema, which at the same time constitutes a radical intervention in the Spanish cinematographic institution. Written by Pere Portabella - Films 59

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The opening credits describe Jess Franco's Dracula as a Hammer film. It was not. See more »


The opening credits say that Jesús Franco's Count Dracula (during the shooting of which this movie was filmed) was produced by Hammer Films, which was not. See more »


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Art school only.
19 November 2017 | by apjcSee all my reviews

Terrible, if it was a silent movie that'd be OK. The soundtrack is awful pretentious nonsense. Morricone could do it far better, it even lacks the basic horror type menace. Just repetition of meaningless percussion and synthesized noise with no meaning or relevance to the original horror story. If I could I'd give it minus points.

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5 May 1972 (USA) See more »

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