Dracula is, in my modest opinion, one of the Best Coppola’s films
First time I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula I was…
(I.N: Oh, my god! I was just 16! I was only a kid! Well, I’m definitely getting old and I don’t like and, the worst thing, I’m not an immortal vampire and that’s a very serious problem.)
Here is my real opinion (or review):
Dracula is…. a luxury film that created a trend in movies and recovered Coppola’s popularity after the happenings of his unsuccessful American company Zoetrope Studios. The Godfather is great and I love it and I love Apocalypse Now too. Great Marlon Brando and those kind of things but… yes, maybe Dracula isn’t his best film but it has a terrific rhythm, great actors and the design of the movie is simply magnificent. The dresses and the Gothic haircuts, the glasses of Gary Oldman and the well managed transitions between the scenes… the music and the bizarre make-up and the acting. Dracula is different because it’s excessive and prodigious.
The film has great dialogues but it’s not a film based on the dialogues, it’s a film based on magic images of an old fashioned thinking of understanding movies. Tributes to Murnau, Fritz Lang or Eisenstein –especially to the last one due to the parallel editing, always recurrent in most Coppola’s films-. In fact, the atmosphere of Dracula always remember these old great movies without sound. There’s a special sequence: when the two main characters go to a cinema and Dracula gives us his opinion about movies –of course, a great invention-.
I think this is precisely the most relevant thing in this movie: the combination between old fashioned and the most modern tendencies. The Art Direction combines the different talents of a great generation of actors and professionals of the industry, creating a masterpiece of arts.
(And a little reflection about this): I think Coppola is a risky and brave man. When he filmed Apocalypse Now he broke but he made one of the most remained movies in the History. With Dracula he tried again and, even if you don’t like the film, you might agree with me that he tried to do something new. Congratulations to brave people, congratulations, F.F. Coppola.
Have a great day!