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To celebrate the remastered BluRay release from Eureka, we present FW Murnau’s classic “Symphony In Shadows”, NOSFERATU.

There is a strange irony in the fact that possibly the most iconic, most defining adaptation of Stoker’s Dracula was entirely unauthorized. Thus, Dracula became Count Orlok, and the term “vampire” is never used. Stoker’s heirs were not fooled however and sued to have all copies of the film destroyed. Thankfully, the film proved as indestructable as the Count himself, and Murnau’s extraordinary Expressionist Gothic fairy tale continues to chill audiences to this day.

Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious and underrated BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, by contrast, announces in the very title its fidelity to Stoker.

An exercise in excess, this baroque, bombastic, and beautifully-realised film manages to incorporate every single subtext in the novel, from racial paranoia to sexual disease, from patriarchal distrust of “the New Woman” to the changes wrought on the world by new technologies. Couple this with jaw-dropping production design, a score featuring vocal effects by Diamanda Galas, and an outrageous lead turn from Gary Oldman which manages to incorporate mischievous references to all of the more eccentric earlier Draculas, from NOSFERATU’s Max Shrek (or maybe Klaus Kinski’s reinterpretation of that role), to Bela Lugosi, to Udo Kier. Subtle it isn’t, but it’s not something you’ll forget in a hurry.

Plus Short film: THE GLOAMING

The Films will be introduced by MMU Lecturer and expert in the field of Vampires, Sorcha Ni Fhlainn.

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