BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA
Dir. Francis Ford Coppola (1992); 128 min
FRIDAY, October 3rd at 7 & 9:30pm
SATURDAY, October 4th at 7 & 9:30pm
SUNDAY, October 5th at 3pm
At his first cast meeting for the film, director Francis Ford Coppola had his prinicipal actors read the entire Bram Stoker novel aloud to get a feel for the story, which ac- cording to Anthony Hopkins, took a whole two days to complete. It is precisely this dedication to detail that af- fects the tone of Coppola's adapdation, distinguishing his Dracula from all other interpretations. Considering Roger Ebert's statement that he, "enjoyed the film simply for the way it looked and felt," it is no wonder that Bram Stoker's Dracula picked up three Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Makeup. It is difficult to believe that this box office hit contains "in camera" visual effects done by Francis' son, Roman Coppola. Al- though perhaps the most notable feature of Coppola's film is its palatial look in combination with an original score by Polish classical composer Wojciech Kilar which elevates the horror and fantasy to a compelling level only attainable through Coppola's intricate visual and conceptual energy.