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The Presentation Of The Story Dracula By The Filmmakers

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The Presentation of the Story Dracula by the Filmmakers

There have been many film adaptations of the novel 'Dracula' written
by Bram Stoker (1897) the most well known of these is the film
'Nosferatu' (1921) directed by Fredrick Murnau and 'Bram Stoker's
Dracula' (1992) created by Francis Ford Coppola.

I will be discussing the ways the filmmakers have presented the story
'Dracula' by; the ways in which the directors have introduced the
film: their portrayal of Dracula: the use of special effects and
finally the myths and legends used in the destruction of Dracula.

'Bram Stoker's Dracula' by Francis Ford Coppola, and 'Nosferatu'
directed by Murnau have both represented the story Dracula in
different contexts.

'Bram Stoker's Dracula' was produced during 1992 and 'Nosferatu' was
produced in 1921.

Despite the time difference of approximately seventy years both films
they resemble each other in various ways. They are similar in the fact
they both contain a love story. For different reasons both films use
subtitles. 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' uses subtitles for showing the
speech; as the actors are speaking in a foreign language. Coppola
could have had his actors speak English all the way through the film,
but at that time Dracula is human and living in Transylvania. Coppola
has the foreign language so the audience have a clear picture that the
scene is set in a foreign country and so they do not get confused
about where the film is set.

The subtitles used in Nosferatu are used to show the spoken word, as
the film is silent. To an audience watching 'Nosferatu' the subtitles
are very important because they show parts of the film related to the
characters personality. The subtitles make the film easier to
understand for the audience, it also helps the film develop. Music was
an important aspect in both films.

However both directors have chosen to interpret and introduce the
story of 'Dracula' in different ways. In 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'
Coppola begins the story in Transylvania during 1462, but in
'Nosferatu' the story begins later in Bremen, Germany during 1838.
Coppola begins the story so early because it links with the historical
points that Bram Stoker based his novel on. It also gives the audience
a clear insight into the story ahead. The way Coppola has added the
historical points shows that he has wanted to make the film more
exciting, and adds tension but it more importantly shows Coppola
wanted to expend on the original story and wanted to make the audience
feel they were involved in the film. In 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' you
see the characters Count Dracula and his wife Elizabetha, then you
begin to learn about their personalities. Dracula is a Christian
warlord and Elizabetha commits suicide when see is falsely told of her
husband's death. Coppola has put Dracula...

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