30 years of immortal love that Francis Ford Coppola gave us in ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’

“I have crossed oceans of time to find you” is a phrase that has echoed in our heads and hearts for 30 years. It is the unforgettable phrase that Dracula says to his beloved Mina in that masterpiece of contemporary cinema that is “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”.

Many literary scholars and critics consider the Irish novelist and writer Bram Stoker wrote the best novel of the s. XIX, a story that achieved unparalleled success when it was understood that the fantastic and horror genre could also give away masterpieces. Perhaps it is because, above all, dracula It was an immortal love story.

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Gary Oldman with Keanu Reeves.

Since the story of the most famous vampire of all time was embodied in blood and ink in a masterful handful of pages, there have been many film adaptations with irregular results that have cast the shadow of the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes (historical figure in which the character of dracula) stretches to the icon.

Of bela lugosi a Christopher Leegoing through the acclaimed Max Schreck, that incarnated in Nosferatu (vampire attributed to Romanian folklore) from murnau to the most iconic “undead” in history, many have been the unforgettable and forgettable actors who have gotten into the cold skin of a bloodsucker.

In that sack of vampires who have marked a milestone for starring in a masterpiece of the seventh art and making eternal the legend of the most sinister count of our popular imagination, we must undoubtedly include the one who embodied in 1992 Gary Oldman at the master’s orders Francis Ford Coppola.

Coppola will go down in the annals of culture and art for those miracles that were Apocalypse Now and the trilogy of The Godfatherbut we believe that the film adaptation he made of the novel by Stoker could rank very high in his film legacy.

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Winona Ryder with Gary Oldman in one of the iconic scenes from dracula.
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Sadie Frost as Lucy Westenra.

With a well-thought-out strategy with which he intended to make a quality product and reach the general public, the director brought together renowned actors with the talent of Anthony Hopkins or the already mentioned gary Oldmanalong with rising fashion stars like Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Sadie Frost and one Monica Bellucci with a brief and unforgettable cameo.

The stylistic and visual artifact that Francis He already had faces in his head, now he just needed to get a good wardrobe team, a director of photography, make-up artists, visual effects managers and a composer for the soundtrack, but without losing in this obsession with the form, the background.

Without neglecting the author’s seal of one of the great geniuses of filmmaking and trying, in his own way, to be faithful to the epistolary structure of the famous book, Francis made one of the most acclaimed fantastic genre films of the 90s.

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Francis Ford Coppola directing an Oldman who is under layers of makeup.
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frame of dracula.

The film was very well received by critics. They called it the best film adaptation of the novel ever made, although the fidelity of the plot to the source material was widely questioned.

The film was a remarkable box office success, grossing more than $200 million worldwide and becoming the most commercially successful adaptation of the novel to date. The representation of dracula by Gary Oldman was praised by many critics and even won the Saturn Award for Best Actor.

In addition, at the Oscars of the year of its premiere, it received four nominations, of which it won three: costumes, makeup and sound effects. The wardrobe was taken care of Eiko Ishiokaa renowned Japanese designer who made each of the garments a museum-worthy piece of art.

For its part, the soundtrack was the work of the Polish classical music composer Wojciech Kilar, who created a series of pieces that perfectly set the scenes and atmospheres of grotesque beauty that Coppola materialized.

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Official movie poster.

Thirty years after viewers from all over the world were able to enjoy one of the best and bloodiest love and horror stories ever shot, we continue to review it, stunned and stunned by its timelessness, by its visionary and transgressive character and by resisting the passage of time even better than its protagonist.

Our love for him Bram Stoker’s Dracula of Coppola never Dies. We are ready and willing to sell our souls to that nocturnal devil over and over again, to cross oceans of time to find him again.

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we leave you with Love Song for a Vampire performed by Annie Lennox for the fantastic soundtrack of the film.

30 years of immortal love that Francis Ford Coppola gave us in ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’