“Yo nunca beber … vino” – Classic Spanish Version of Dracula This Wednesday at the Portage in 35mm

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – $5.00 per ticket
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Wednesday, February 13 @ 7:30pm
Directed by George Melford • 1931
During late evenings in the winter of 1930, presumably while Bela Lugosi and Tod Browning were tearing up Hollywood and Vine or fast asleep, something strange and sexy was happening on the Universal Backlot: Spanish-illiterate George Melford, a translator, and a Spanish-speaking cast were filming a version of Dracula with lower cut dresses and more rats. During the early days of sound, the practice of shooting multiple-language versions of the same film for foreign export was fairly common, using the same sets and production schedule, the process could be streamlined quite easily. Sadly, the Spanish-language Dracula is one of the few of these films that survive (Laurel & Hardy’s La Vida Nocturna & Politiquerias are among others); if the rest of them are half as good as this, then we’ve lost a significant chunk of cinema history, not just curiosities. Carlos Villarías plays Drácula, though it should be noted that  Lugosi couldn’t speak very good English either. (JA)
In Spanish with English subtitles
101 min • Universal Pictures • 35mm from Universal
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