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Drakula halla (1921): The Cinema's First Dracula

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This essay covers the history of Kroly Lajthay's Hungarian film Drakula halla (1921), the cinema's first adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. The essay attempts to construct a production history of the film, as well as to create an accurate list of cast members and key filming locations. As Drakula halla is lost, the essay also features the very first English translation of an extremely rare 1924 Hungarian novella based on the film, which offers much insight into its narrative.

Keywords: Drakula halla; Kroly Lajthay; Lajos Pnczl; Paul Askonas; lost films; silent horror films; vampire cinema

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/host.1.1.25/1

Affiliations: The Queen's University Belfast.

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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