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Hrabe Drakula

1971, regia di Anna Procházková


Scheda: Nazione: Cecoslovacchia - Produzione: Ceskoslovenská Televize - Distribuzione: Ceskoslovenská Televize - Soggetto: dal romanzo di Bram Stoker - Sceneggiatura: Oldrich Zelezný, Anna Procházková - Fotografia: Vladimír Opletal - Montaggio: Jirí Sebelka, Hana Treybalová - Scenografia: Karel Lier  - Costumi: Jarmila Konecná - Musiche: Milos Holecek - Formato: B.N., film tv - Durata: 76'.

Cast: lja Racek, Jan Schánilec, Klára Jerneková, Jiří Zahajský, Hana Maciuchová, Ota Sklenčka, Václav Mareš, Olga Jiroušková, Věra Křesadlová, Božena Böhmová, Marie Brožová, František Holar, Bohumil Šeda, Nora Krčmářová.




Trama e commenti: -

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - «...A voice over begins – it is the voice of Jonathan Harker (Jan Schánilec) – who is in a carriage heading towards the Borgo Pass at the pass he’ll meet another carriage sent to him by Count Drakula (Ilja Racek). He explains this to the man and woman in the carriage and he is informed that it is All Souls Day – the change from the novel’s Eve of St George’s Day moving the timeline from May to November. When it is clear that he will not change his travel plans the woman in the carriage gives him a crucifix. The carriage comes to a halt and the driver says that there is no one to meet him and thus he should go on with them and return in the morning. Just then the horses spook and a black carriage approaches. The driver keeps his face hidden and takes Harker’s bags motioning him to his new vehicle. I made a note here that I found the music chosen for the film odd, it felt like it had been borrowed from an older film and whilst there were some ominous phrases others were almost flippant – a shame as some of the photography, the carriage with the castle in the background for instance, was rather atmospheric. Wolves chase the carriage but the driver stops and waves them away – they obey. ... There are some good concepts in this and some of the scenes are atmospheric (such as the carriage and castle as mentioned) however it is awfully stagey and jumps into scenes without build up. Ilja Racek just doesn’t have the necessary presence for Drakula and the lore needed tightening. The last thing to mention – and I have deliberately left them to now – are the fangs. Absolutely rubbish, false looking things – Lucy’s lopsided ones being the worst offender. All in all, it’s a shame but it is interesting nonetheles».






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