Welcome to The Franchise Chronicles, a movie-by-movie look at the development and evolution of cinema’s most enduring sagas. I am currently exploring the classic Universal Monsters and this week’s movie is the Spanish language version of Dracula (1931) directed by George Melford.
In my post on the English Dracula I talked about how Browning shot it very much in the style of a silent film. The Spanish version is much more dynamic. I don’t mean that in the charismatic sense. I just mean that the camera moves around much more. Instead of holding still and letting you take in the production, Melford moves in more to puts the focus on the characters. The most notable instance of this is the Count’s introduction where the camera climbs up the stairs hand-held (you can see the bumps in the movement that you would not get with a dolly or a crane) and ends with a close-up on Dracula (Carlos Villarías).
Edward O’Hare, nickname TBD, has been poking around the deep caverns of pop culture for some years now. His hobbies include making Starfleet org charts and badgering people who haven’t seen the Adventures of Captain Marvel movie serial from 1941. He one day dreams of teaching Bill Simmons that superheroes and pro athletes are not all that different.