• Fri Feb 22

Tod Browning
Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners

Cornell Cinema bids you welcome... Bela Lugosi’s iconic performance as Count Dracula, the culmination of several years’ refinement on the theatrical stage, remains a joy to behold on the big screen. With this film, Tod Browning—who would go on to direct the cult classic Freaks (1932)—and his crew set the bar by which all vampire films before or since have come to be measured. The story of Renfield’s naïve downward spiral and Dracula’s consequent descent onto London is a familiar one, yet rarely has it been so vividly brought to life (or death, as it were) as in this Universal Pictures gem. With the sole possible exception of F. W. Murnau’s silent Nosferatu (1922), Browning’s masterpiece is without equal in the annals of blood-thirsty cinema. The shadowy cinematography, courtesy of Karl Freund, makes it a quintessential experience that no film lover should miss. Often imitated yet inimitable, parodied yet irresistible, this is where it all began. “It’s almost impossible not to love Dracula, a horror milestone that is the most important and influential vampire movie ever made.” (IMDB)

website: universal100th.com

35mm bw
1 hour 15 minutes
release year/country
1931 USA