I liked the showing the ropes angle to the film with lighting apparent and scenes of how things are shot. Over this the image is pretty good. The plot and story are otherwise expected and considering the amount of times the story has been covered, not specially attractive.
(3,5 / 5) Un bien curieux documentaire expérimental, sur le tournage du "Conte Dracula" de Jesús Franco. Le noir et blanc aux contrastes extrêmes, la bande-son bruitiste et décalée (ni dialogues, ni ambiance de plateau), créent une atmosphère onirique et souvent tendue. Fiction et réalité se "vampirisent" : apparitions soudaines des techniciens, répétitions, clins d'œil des acteurs… Un objet gothique assez plaisant !
It would be pretty interesting to watch this as a companion piece to Jesus Franco's original film, especially considering the fact that this is probably the superior version. Just goes to show how effective the cinematic language can be if utilized properly. Really interesting watch.
Put this on a double bill with Bill Morrison's Spark Of Being for a wild night of experimental horror adaptations. Even 'exposing' the construct doesn't entirely evaporate the magic of what is being seen, elaborate dress-up and a wink at the camera to suggest both play & fear are shared pleasures. And the eerie sound design doesn't NOT make this a decent Dracula adaptation.
With alternate takes and unique behind-the-scenes moments, Pere Portabella, gives us a different version of Jesus Franco's "Count Dracula" as if it was filmed in a different time as a silent movie epic. Beautiful and atmospheric this 16mm surprise is not only a fascinating comparison piece but ends up as the better film making me wonder how "Count Dracula" would have ended up if the two directors had joined forces.
A unique curiosity, this is film is rendered even more eerie than one expects due to the fluid proceedings of the original movie and to the parallel behind-the-scenes footage. It is as if the two levels blend into one single and coherent gesture against tyranny and what for me makes this even more impressive is the finale with Lee's citation from the original novel about the serene face of the dying Dracula. So good!
Obra-prima do experimentalismo cinematográfico. Um filme completo feito por 'detrás das cenas". Desconstrução da realização cinematográfica e narrativa. A estética visual e sonora é impressionante: preto-e-branco de alto contraste, adicionando diversos efeitos; trilha e falas ausentes, utilizando apenas ruídos brancos; edição revelando a própria filmagem e a consciência dos atores. Aqui não cabe tudo que o filme é.
An interesting experimental documentary. This semi-documentary uses ODD and DISTURBING SOUND CUES to create an extremely unsettling mood for this film-within-a-film. Although this drags in the middle, it is still quite fascinating to absorb. And "absorb" IS the best way to describe how to experience this. The final scene with Lee describing the death of Dracula at the end of the novel... is a perfect ending here.