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At the beginning of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, Jonathan Harker asks why the Count has purchased his houses in such specific locations, a question that is never answered in the film. The explanation given in the book is that the fifty boxes of Transylvanian earth were distributed throughout Dracula’s houses in locations surrounding London, so that Dracula would have many places to rest and regain his strength at daybreak, during which Dracula must rest only in either a coffin or the earth of his homeland (Transylvania).
The battle scene in the prologue was originally intended to be performed with shadow puppets instead of actors. The idea was used later in the film when we see, in the cinema house, a shadow puppet battle similar to the prologue battle.
This version of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA is closely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy’s friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away.
Eiko Ishioka, a Japanese-born graphic designer, had never really taken on the role of costume designer for a project as grand as a big studio Coppola film, starring the likes of Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves and Tom Waits.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Coppola was attracted to the sensual elements of Bram Stoker’s Dracula screenplay. The film holds an approval rating of 72% based on 53 critics with an average rating of 6.5/10. The site’s consensus reads, “Overblown in the best sense of the word, Francis Ford Coppola’s vision of Bram Stoker’s Dracula rescues the character from decades of campy interpretations — and features some terrific performances to boot
Rating: ★★★★★ by milo