Friday, October 19, 2007

Louis Jourdan Dracula

We've been making do with a venerable VHS copy of the TV showing, but finally after all this time the BBC has made DVD copies of Louis Jourdan's Count Dracula available. We watched ours tonight, and it does include the complete show, even the scene with Dracula giving his wives the baby. Louis Jourdan makes a great Dracula.

Also in this movie are Judi Bowker (Brother Sun, Sister Moon) and Frank Finlay (Marley's Ghost in the George C. Scott A Christmas Carol, a character in one episode of the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series, and Iago in Laurence Olivier's Othello)

Here is one scene from the movie:

The music and special effects are dated, but this is still one of the all-time great Dracula presentations, adhering fairly closely to the book as I recall. The DVD itself, although I'm grateful for its availability, is a huge disappointment, having no special features at all. There aren't even chapter divisions, just divisions into 2 parts. Ah, well, beggars can't be choosers, and it's much better than what I had before.

photo from this page

6/1/2009: Ferdy on Films has a review, which says, "Louis Jourdan is an amazingly good Dracula, the best, in my opinion" and closes with this:
By retrieving the story from the scream-inducing impulses of the horror genre, Count Dracula reinvigorates the vampire fable with universal consequences that haunt the human spirit.

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