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Dracula's Bram Stoker

2003, regia di Sinead O' Brien


Scheda: Nazione: Irlanda - Produzione: Ferndale Films - Distribuzione: NRK-TV International - Soggetto: Sinead O' Brien - Sceneggiatura: Sinead O' Brien - Fotografia: Seamus Deasy, Sean Corcoran - Montaggio: Lee Hickey - Art Director: Sinead Kavanagh - Musiche: Richie Buckley - Formato: Color, film tv, documentario - Durata: 52'.

Cast: Christopher Lee, John Hurt (narratore), Owen Killian (voce), Caitríona Ní Mhurchú (voce), Patrick Sutton (voce).


Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - «With a turn around of the title Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this is a nice scholarly walk into the life and influences of Bram Stoker that was narrated by John Hurt and which aired on Sky Arts 2. The documentary seeks to find the man behind the novel and in doing so discover, perhaps, where the inspiration for his seminal work came from. At the head of the documentary the potential source of his childhood, much spent bed-ridden, and the tales told by his mother is offered. Then the documentary wonders if, perhaps, it was within Sir Henry Irving and the almost hypnotic thrall the actor held Bram, his business manager, in or perhaps some of the book was drawn from his passionless marriage… The documentary certainly mentions the fact that the scene with Harker and the brides was almost identical to a dream Stoker himself had. It also makes it clear that the makers believe that Stoker had, possibly buried, homosexual leanings (or perhaps a bi-curiosity) and the Freudian analysis of Dracula reveals much. I agree, however, with one expressed thought that Stoker was well aware of exactly what he put within the novel on a sexual level. There isn’t much in way of revelation within the documentary. It is very sympathetic to the man and makes the point that whilst his obituary made no mention of Dracula at the time of his death, if it was written now it would mention little else – the documentary itself was a point in case as it was very orientated towards that seminal work. One thing that was interesting was a comment by Christopher Lee – film producers take note – when he declared that he would actually reprise the role of Dracula again, if offered, but with one stipulation – it would have to be a faithful make of the book, as one has never yet been produced. Now that would be worth seeing. As for the documentary, for those interested in the man behind the phenomena it was a worthwhile effort».




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