Detroit Film Theatre
Friday, July 16, 2010
9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre
USA/1931—directed by George Melford (104 min.)
Daily production ended at sundown during the Hollywood filming of the 1931 Bela Lugosi version of Dracula; it was then that a completely different cast and crew took over of the sets at night to create a Spanish-language version. Featuring primarily Mexican and South American actors, the "Spanish Drácula" suffered from missing sequences for years; its eventual restoration was a cause for celebration, for this Drácula — while based on American director Tod Browning’s concept — has a bizarre, disturbing flavor all its own. With a longer running time than the Lugosi version, it features incredibly stylized performances – most notably from Carlos Villarias as the Count, and the amazing Pablo Alvarez Rubio as the unfortunate, bug-eating real estate agent, Renfield. In Spanish with English subtitles.
DFT 101: Cinema Mexicano In honor of this year’s bicentennial commemoration of the founding of the Republic of Mexico, the DFT is proud to present a selection of films in celebration of Mexico’s rich cinematic history. Classics by directors such as Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez, Fernando de Fuentes and Luis Buñuel will be presented with special introductions on selected Saturdays at 4:00 pm. Cinema Mexicano Saturday matinees are free with museum admission. We’re equally delighted to host a premiere of the acclaimed new dramatic comedy Nora’s Will from director Mariana Chenillo – winner of seven Ariel Awards (Mexico’s "Oscars") including Best Picture and Best Screenplay of 2009.