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Lugosi’s All Right in The Rise & Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula

8 Oct

Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's Dracula | Book by Koren Shadmi |  Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster CanadaBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Publication Date: Sept 28, 2021
Available to order on Amazon USA
Spoiler Alert

Ask anyone who their favourite cinematic version of Dracula is, and it’ll either be Bela Lugosi or Gary Oldman. The former lived under the shadow of the vampire Bram Stoker brought to life, and the latter is a man who simply upped the ante. From playing Norman Stansfield in Léon: The Professional (1994) to Commissioner Gordon in The Dark Knight (2008), these two performers have one thing in common, they played many types of characters throughout their life. They both suffered from alcoholism and married many times. 

Goldman is lucky to not get typecast but Lugosi did. Bela’s life and times are excellently handled in the graphic novel, The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula. We see something of his young life, how his father hated his decision to become an actor, his work before and after Dracula, and how he never got the recognition he truly deserved. His private life became a thing for tabloids to play up.

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