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BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

USA • 1992 • COLOUR • DOLBY STEREO • 128 MIN


While fallen prince Francis Ford Coppola spent most of the last twenty years churning out studio hack work in search of a big payday, he delivered at least one visionary work well worth revisiting — this red-blooded take on Bram Stoker’s seminal novel. Utilising a host of techniques dating back to the earliest days of cinema, Coppola re-envisions Dracula as the ultimate romantic tragedy, positing the Count as an immortal Vlad the Impaler — Stoker’s original inspiration for the character — and Winona Ryder’s Mina as an unwitting reincarnation of Vlad’s beloved wife. A ripe Gary Oldman is positively magnetic as one of the great screen Draculas, and discounting the odd ill-advised casting call (yes, we’re talking about Keanu Reeves), this is a stunning, positively operatic piece of Grand Guignol.

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