Dracula (lost Russian film; existence unconfirmed; 1920)


Dracula (1920)
A fan-made poster for the film.
A fan-made poster for the film.
Status Existence Unconfirmed

Dracula (1920) is an alleged Russian film adaptation of Dracula. The existence of this film has not been confirmed, as no production stills, footage, or significant information about the film seems to have survived.[1] If the film did indeed exist, it would be the first film adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula.

Some sources cite Victor Tourjansky as the director of the film, but most official data doesn't mention the movie in his filmography. The "lost" status information about the film comes from The Vampire Book - The Encyclopedia Of The Undead by J. Gordon Melton.[2]

Considering the film was made in 1920, it might have been destroyed in the Russian Civil War. Russian news website Dimitrovgrad Panorama claims that the movie was found in Serbia, but due to no further developments that would confirm the credibility of the information, it seems likely to be a hoax.[3]

A short black-and-white movie surfaced, claiming to be the resurfaced 1920 film found in Serbia, but it is obvious from several elements that it is a recently-made film using several techniques to make it look old.[4] A poster was created alongside the short film.

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References

  1. Wikipedia page with a brief description of the film. Retrieved 17 Mar '16.
  2. Amazon page for the third edition of the book. Retrieved 17 Mar '16.
  3. http://dpanorama.ru/news/nemoe_kino/2014-10-29-7091
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk8imiYs_OQ

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

21 months ago
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There's a very loose Hungarian adaptation of Dracula too.

But most scholars of Dracula/the Gothic start with the Todd Browning movie or the early Latino movie adaptation
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Reynard

18 months ago
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Yes, there's an article about this movie: http://lostm..._film;_1921)
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Feathernox

18 months ago
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There are some rumours about this film production: https://web....la_film_1920 And those: http://dpano...4-10-29-7091 They contradict each other: name of director mentioned in first link is other than in the second.

Unknown if it is fake or not, poster of this movie: http://i.img...mDXFECex.jpg
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Reynard

18 months ago
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Say, that's an interesting lead!
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Anon

18 months ago
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First of all the Poster translates to "Drakula, 5 Part Drama" Second of all there is also this video supposedly the actual movie though you can easily tell it's fake.

https://www....=Qk8imiYs_OQ The "Dracula" depicted in the video is nearly identical to the one in the poster so since the video is fake that means the poster is fake too. Just thought it would be worth mentioning. : )
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Reynard

17 months ago
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Well, guess it is fake indeed. Maybe we can leave it as a fan creation...
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Kobochat

17 months ago
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It's probably worth mentioning that The Vampire Book is NOT the only time this movie is mentioned, as the book itself pulled that info from a 1975 book called The Dracula Book, written by somebody else. I don't have the book in my hands, but according to Wikipedia, the quote from it that mentions this is: "Other film versions of Dracula are reported to have been made about this time — one being Russian — but there is no real verification to substantiate these claims."
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Kobochat

17 months ago
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Obviously this doesn't make it any more conclusive, but I feel we should remove the speculation that its inclusion in The Vampire Book could be due to an error, since this has been rumored long before that book came out. The man did his research, he was just dealing with sketchy sources, and probably should have made that more clear.
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Kobochat

17 months ago
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P.P.S. Not very of you to singlehandedly change the status to "Nonexistent" and "fake" based purely on your own personal opinion, and with no conclusive evidence.
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Koopinator

7 months ago
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Considering that this was made in 1920, It might have been destroyed in the russian civil war which was still ongoing at the time.
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Dark Timur

6 months ago
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I just got the newest edition of this book off Amazon, and it appears that the wording of the reference was changed. I cannot release the ebook though, becauuse of copyright.

The screenshot was added to the article
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Dark Timur

6 months ago
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Btw the book is literally full of crap and really not worth buying. And there are no more references to this firm in this book present
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