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Spanish Dracula

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Original title
Drácula (Spanish Dracula)
Running time
104 min.
United States United States
Baltasar Fernández Cué, Garrett Fort, Dudley Murphy (Novel: Bram Stoker)
Heinz Roemheld
George Robinson (B&W)
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Universal Pictures
Horror | Vampires
Movie Groups
Dracula | Bram Stoker Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Dracula (1931) is a Spanish-language version of the more famous Tod Browning-directed Dracula starring Bela Lugosi.

In the early days of sound, it was common for Hollywood studios to produce Hollywood foreign-language versions of their films (usually in French, Spanish and German) using the same sets, costumes and etc. Unfortunately, most of these foreign language versions no longer exist. The Spanish version of Dracula is an exception. The Spanish language version of Drácula was made by director George Melford who simultaneously filmed the movie using the same sets at night. Of the cast, only Carlos Villarías was permitted to see 'dailies' of the English-language film and was encouraged to be as "Lugosi-like" as possible.

In recent years this version has become more highly praised by some than the English language version. The Spanish crew had the advantage of watching the dailies from the English crew's version when they came in for the evening and they would figure out better camera angles and more effective use of lighting in an attempt to "top" it. As a result, this version's supporters consider it to be much more artistically effective.

The Spanish semiologist Roman Gubern considers that the longer duration allows better development of the plot in spite of the shortened shooting time and smaller budget.

The Spanish version was included as a bonus feature on the Classic Monster Collection DVD in 1999, the Legacy Collection DVD in 2004 and the 75th Anniversary Edition DVD set in 2006. Included was an interview with Lupita Tovar, who had married producer Paul Kohner two years after filming.
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