DIRECTOR: GEORGE MELFORD
CAST: CARLOS VILLARíAS, LUPITA TOVAR, BARRY NORTON
Acclaimed guitarist Gary Lucas will perform a live accompaniment to the film.
In what was then not-uncommon practice in the early sound cinema days before dubbing and subtitling had been perfected, Universal Pictures made Dracula twice. During the day, the cobweb-decked sets belonged to Tod Browning and Bela Lugosi, but by night they were turned over to director Melford and stars Carlos Villarias and Lupita Tovar, who played the count and his victim, Lucia, in a Spanish-language version whose cast and crew were inspired to top the English-language dailies they saw coming in. Long believed lost, the Spanish-language Drácula was rediscovered in the 1970s, and has since gathered many partisans who prefer it to the better-known Browning film for its hypnotic pacing and transfixing performances.