BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)

Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is the basis for two outstanding films, both from Germany, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922), about which I have already written, and Hans W. Geissendörffer’s Jonathan (1970). Tod Browning’s 1931 Hollywood Dracula and, like Jonathan, from West Germany, Werner Herzog’s 1978 Nosferatu are of some substance, and star, respectively, Bela […]

EMAK-BAKIA (Man Ray, 1926)

Mesmerizingly, hauntingly lovely, Dadaist Man Ray’s “cinépoéme” Emak-Bakia is a series—by associations among them, also a collage—of images spinning off the idea of dance. Its centrifugal image amidst constant and continuous motion shows a dazzling pair of short-skirted woman’s legs engaged in a Charleston; they move almost frenetically (almost: the definite steps impose some structure, […]