The Immortal Count: The Life and Films of Bela Lugosi
University Press of Kentucky, 2003 - 548 páginas
Bela Lugosi won immediate fame for his portrayal of the immortal count in the 1931 film Dracula. After a decade of trying vainly to broaden his range and secure parts to challenge his acting abilities, Lugosi resigned himself to a career as the world's most recognizable vampire. His last years were spent as a forgotten and rather tragic figure. When he died in 1956, Lugosi could not have known that vindication of his talent would come -- his face would adorn theaters, his image would appear on greeting cards and postage stamps, his film memorabilia would sell for more than he earned in his entire career, and his Hungarian accent would be instantly recognized by millions of people.
Martin Landau's Oscar-winning role as Lugosi in the 1994 film Ed Wood added an ironic twist to a career that had ended in oblivion. In 1974, devoted Lugosi fan Arthur Lennig published a highly regarded biography of the unsung actor. More than twice the length of the original and completely rewritten, The Immortal Count provides deeper insights into Lugosi's films and personality. Drawing upon personal interviews, studio memos, shooting scripts, research in Romania and Hungary, and his own recollections, Lennig has written the definitive account of Lugosi's tragic life.
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On occasion an apparent death is felt not to be a real death , but rather the
simulacre of death brought about by the machinations of a sorcerer . If poison has
not been administered . . . or if the body was not stabbed , after the funeral the ...
A trade ad for The Death Kiss is a case in point : “ He made the two greatest box -
office pictures for the exhibitor in Dracula and White Zombie . Here is the third . ”
The Death Kiss was hardly in that league . Firms knew Lugosi ' s name was a ...
But his death , for all its horror , is its own ecstasy — although the film does not
entirely realize this aspect . Of course the picture was designed to capitalize on
the presence of Universal ' s two horror experts and to be packed with thrills , yet
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Though many actors portrayed Dracula, none compared with Bela Lugosi's hypnotic vampire. While that role won him praise, it haunted his professional career, turning him into a cult legend among horror ... Leer comentario completo
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