Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Dracula (1931)

Van Helsing: Mr. Harker, I have devoted my 
lifetime to the study of many strange things. 
Little-known facts which the world is, perhaps, 
better off for not knowing. 
Harker: I know. But Professor, all I
want is to get Mina away from all of this. 
Van Helsing: That will do no good. 
Our only chance of saving Miss Mina's life is 
to find the hiding place of Dracula's living corpse 
and to drive a stake through its heart. 
Renfield: Isn't this a strange conversation
for men who aren't crazy? 

Oh we all go a little mad sometimes, Mr. Renfield. The great director Tod Browning was born on this day in the year 1880 - it's crazy to think he was 17 when Bram Stoker released the book Dracula, isn't it? I can only imagine what kind of an effect that book would've had on a 17 year old. Before Browning started making movies in 1915 he spent years working in traveling circuses and carnivals, an experience he tapped several times in his work but most prominently a year after Dracula with Freaks, the film that ruined his career. (But which assured his legacy even more than Dracula, if you ask me.) But there's no denying the impact Browning's Dracula has had on over 85 years of our international imaginations. What music of the night he made...

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