Culture: the vampires of the cinema

It is the story of a dead person who is not really dead who comes back among the living. He digs up corpses and torments humans, against whom he often has a tooth. Coming from the depths of the Middle Ages, Dracula was born in the nineteenth century under the pen of an English writer. The vampire star has accompanied the entire history of cinema. He borrows first the features of Christopher Lee in the 1950s.

Then, the Dracula Castle in the Carpathians, is declined to infinity in the cinema: from Francis Ford Coppola to Roman Polanski, played by Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp, then on television in series like True Blood. First Gothic, the vampire becomes a pop object. At the critical start of a very puritanical Victorian society, this Antichrist, whom the sight of a crucifix made escape, has also become over the years a political icon of criticism of capitalism and the banker with long teeth.

The exhibition “Vampires, from Dracula to Buffy”, will be held at the Cinémathèque française in Paris until January 19, 2020.

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