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Luckily, for the film historian this did not happen. The book was adapted for the stage and the fight was on again. Then Hollywood got involved. It was a legal nightmare for years but it finally worked out although Florence never got the money to which she thought she was entitled. The second half of the book deals with the filming of the version of Dracula which made Bela Lugosi a star for a while but eventually ruined his career and his life and negatively affected many connected with the production.


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This writer may be the first to call the film "a bit of a stinker", static, over or under acted and inconsistent. I tend to agree with him, especially after I saw the armadillos in Dracula's castle in Transylvania! It has its moments but as a whole it is not very good. You might want to give this book a try if you are interested in film history.

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An easy read but it does drag a bit in some sections, therefore my lower rating. Jan 14, Carla Remy rated it really liked it Shelves: The afterlife of the novel Dracula is a long ongoing story involving the law and endless plays and movies. I love the fact of the Spanish language version filmed at night on the sets of the Bela Lugosi version in Jan 30, Bruce rated it really liked it. This was an interesting look at how Dracula transferred from novel to film, with a stop at the theater along the way.

There were a lot of things I didn't know, or know that much about, like the details of the stage adaptations from Hamilton Dean and John L. Balderston I'm definitely buying Skal's collection of them , and the sheer number of legal issues Universal faced when acquiring the rights. There are some flaws, which I'll bullet point to save time: While there are definite sexual overtones to the story, literary critics all take them to a ridiculous extreme. Skal is comparatively muted on the subject, but I still find it all rather silly. This is understandable, but not to my preference.

You don't need to make fun of it multiple times. Skal's arguments are almost all very well presented, but then he descends into oddly picky details, like praising the title sequence as superior because the candle flickers, and babbling about foreground objects like they were somehow revolutionary. It still reads like a book written in , when the full film was only available in Havana and you needed special permission to travel there Other than those points, it's a very good book, and definitely worth reading, especially for a Dracula fan.

Aug 26, Jessica rated it really liked it. The history of Dracula on stage and theater is explored, and discussed, with particular focus on the Universal years with Bela Lugosi. Many things were explained that illustrated the many reasons why I fall asleep every time I watch the Tod Browning production and cheer when I get to see the "Spanish Dracula" version of the film.

Lots of time is spent focused on Bela Lugosi and his problems at Universal and afterwards.

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Time is also spent focused on Florence Stoker's attempt to control the vampir The history of Dracula on stage and theater is explored, and discussed, with particular focus on the Universal years with Bela Lugosi. Time is also spent focused on Florence Stoker's attempt to control the vampire in film and stage mediums.

This is a book that is well worth the time spent to read it, and the stills from various movies are wonderful. If you are a Dracula scholar or a scholar of American film horror, this is a must read. A fascinating look at how everyone's favorite vampire took form and changed guises throughout various media. What most people would think of as "the finished product" of Dracula is influenced most heavily by Universal's classic adaptation, and all of the imagery and visual language is bound up with Bela Lugosi's portrayal.

It was Lugosi's Dracula that provided fodder for every Halloween decoration, breakfast cereal, and Saturday morning cartoon.

This book traces the development of that character A fascinating look at how everyone's favorite vampire took form and changed guises throughout various media. This book traces the development of that character and how it formed so differently from the character in Stoker's novel. Jan 16, Mariano Cattaneo rated it it was amazing. Jan 20, Phil rated it it was amazing. Also, read about the story's transition into the early 's and up to current day pop culture. It was only in the final few chapters - the 's to 's did the book loose my interest to a certain extent.

Oct 26, Joel Manuel rated it liked it. Jun 21, Andrew Gorman rated it really liked it. I wasn't a fan of the treatment of Lugosi's death in this text. However, the book was an overall success and quite enjoyable. I highly recommend Skal's book to anybody interested in the history of the Dracula culture text. Mar 03, David Wert rated it liked it. An interesting read that tracks the story of Dracula from the novel to the classic Bela Lugosi classic. It also covers the various stage productions as well as the silent film Nosferatu. Jan 16, Lynell Ingram rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Horror, history, and cinema buffs.

This is great for anyone into horror movies and the culture surrounding them. An entertaining read that especially gives you a view into the cult history of the 20th century. May 29, Belinda rated it it was amazing. I actually have a signed copy of this oneSkal is one of the best in writing about classic Hollywood horror--a real treat to read. The language is rich and occasionally reminds me of the mental images drawn by Anne Rice at the height of her powers.

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However, David is no snob and is not merely parading his impressive intellect - it's just that he knows so darn much about the subject. And if I had any criticism of the book that would be it - David seems driven to exhaustively document every possible aspect of Dracula's existence.

The detailed and seemingly never ending battles between Florence Stoker and the makers of "Nosferatu" is described in such detail that I wanted to scream "OKAY!! Nosferatu was a Dracula rip off and Flo didn't like it!! And everything in between. Trust me, if it can be construed to be in any way connected with Dracula, it's in this book. If you have any interest in gothic culture, or the movies that spawned it, this is a must have. Reading it is like enjoying an evening of conversation with a much beloved, if slightly eccentric, old friend, preferably over brandy in front of a glowing fireplace on a cold, cold night.

This book truly follows Dracula, from the development of the book, to the many painful births of the stage productions - yes, there was more than one - to the film that finally, official, became Dracula. And the many clones, children and monsters that were born on the way. First off, let me say, that the only problem I had with the book was the author's belief that the final book version of Dracula was not, somehow, heavily influenced by the life and times of Vlad Dracula.

Anybody who knows just a faction of Vlad's life can see how much of it was used by Stoker. Mixed with a good deal of imagination and false information, of course, but still there. Outside of that the book is a amazing history of the fictional Dracula as he is brought from the pages of a book to the wooden stage of the live theater. Then we watch as he is broken up, split into many vampires, being born on the silver screen as many different Draculas.

Which is the real one and which are the fake? Hard to say, as few of the theater Draculas, live or on film, ever fit the Dracula from the novel. The history does, as some reviews point out, feel like a novel, with action, adventure, Heroes and Villains, greed, joy, triumph, and everlasting life!

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For, good or bad, Dracula is here to stay in all his many forms, many of which are yet to be realized! This book is an easy read and well researched. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in Bela Lugosi and the history of the Dracula film. I did not know of the complications in turning the book into a movie. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Based on research in previously untapped archives, a guide to all Dracula's incarnations, including the novels, stage and movie productions and actors to whom playing Dracula brought world fame.

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