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50th Directors’ Fortnight May 9-19, 2018

Cuadecuc

Fortnight 1971, Feature film, 1h12'

Synopsis

This is an avant-garde experimental documentary about the filming of Jess Franco’s Count Dracula. There is no dialogue, only an atmospheric background score and sound effects (except for at the end, when Christopher Lee reads an excerpt from Bram Stoker’s novel). The movie is hard to describe; it shows footage of scenes from Count Dracula being filmed, the actors preparing, special effects, and so forth. It is the only footage of Soledad Miranda as the person she was in real life. In one of the film’s most magical moments, director Portabella captures the filming of Lucy’s staking, including the precious preparatory moments of Soledad’s stage makeup being applied and Jack Taylor (who plays the role of Quincy Morris) gathering her up in his arms and placing her inside her casket. Other memorable moments are Christopher Lee goofing off, Soledad smoking in bed while a shot is prepared, and Soledad and Maria Rohm each flirting with the camera at various points.

Director

Pere Portabella

ere Portabella i Ràfols (born 11 November 1929 in Barcelona, Catalonia) is a Catalan experimental filmmaker, artist and politician. He first achieved notoriety as the producer of Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana; his connection with the controversial film caused him trouble with the Francoist government, which eventually lead to his passport being taken away. Portabella has completed 10 features to date, the most recent being 2007’s Die Stille vor Bach. He frequently collaborates with composer Carles Santos.

Christopher Lee
Soledad Miranda

Screenplay
Pedro Portabella

Image
Manuel Esteban

Prod : Films 59
Paseo de Gracia 104
Barcelona

Title in Original Version : Vampire