Based on Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a full-blooded portrait of the immortal Transylvanian vampire. The major departure from Stoker is one of motivation as Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is motivated more by romance than by bloodlust. He punctures the necks as a means of avenging the death of his wife in the 15th century, and when he comes to London, it is specifically to meet heroine Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), the living image of his late wife (Ryder plays a dual role, as do several of her costars). –amctv
He was born in 1939 in Detroit, USA, but he grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father was a composer and musician Carmine Coppola. His mother had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University, and did graduate work at UCLA in filmmaking. He was training as assistant with filmmaker Roger Corman, working in such capacities as soundman, dialogue director, associate producer and, eventually, director of Dementia 13 (1963), Coppola’s first feature film. During the next four years, Coppola was involved in a variety of script collaborations, including writing an adaptation of This Property is Condemned, by Tennessee Williams (with Fred Coe and Edith Sommer), and screenplays for Is Paris Burning?, and Patton, the film for which Coppola won a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award. In 1966, Coppola’s 2nd film brought him critical acclaim and a Master of Fine Arts degree. In 1969, Coppola and George… read more
A technical masterpiece that seems under-rated by most. Coppola's use of cinema technique, homage and experimentation in the look of this wonderful picture borders on genius. The letdown is in the scripting and some notable bad casting. Costume, set decoration, cinematography and music couldn't be better. Reeves, Ryder, Elwes, Campbell and especially Hopkins all woefully miscast here. Oldman brilliant however.
Coppola's a great filmmaker, but there's wooden acting in alot of his films. This one, Dracula. Godfather 3 was laced with wooden acting, and not just from Sofia. The Outsiders, the young thesps were awful. Peggy Sue Got Married, Cage gives the worst performance in motion picture history...Twixt has wall to wall bad acting, Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern, Joanne Whalley...
Even though it has some good moments, overall everything looks a bit just "thrown in there", and at your eyes. The story feels disconnected and some of the actors - even Anthony Hopkins - seem to be acting in a rather odd manner. I don't know, visually is a good movie but it doesn't come out as credible or strong as it should have been, specially with a cast like that and directed by Coppola.
Also: Césars and BAFTAs. And passings.
No-one who’s seen this can really deny it’s a sort of mad, grand campfest, but Coppola’s garish, baroque storytelling is precisely what helps compensate for the immortal story’s familiarity by this… read review
Sou um grande fã dos filmes com temáticas “vampirescas”. Bem diferente da afetação de Crepúsculo, Drácula de Bram Stoker é um filme belíssimo,
com uma atmosfera densa e perturbadora. O ponto alto… read review
A masterpiece in terms of cinematography and aesthetics in general. It’s the visuals that grab me – from Dracula himself to the actual meticulous shots, the set design, costumes – everything. Most… read review