Most film versions of Dracula have been based not on the 1897 novel but on the 1927 stage adaptation. Francis Coppola's ambitious 1992 version, written by coproducer James V. Hart, brings back the novel's multiple narrators, leading to a somewhat dispersed and overcrowded story line that remains fascinating and often affecting thanks to all its visual and conceptual energy. (Some of this derives from musings about what was going on culturally in Europe at the turn of the century, including the decadent art of Beardsley, Klimt, and Huysmans and the birth of both movies and psychoanalysis.) Still the overreacher, Coppola suffers from a surfeit of ideas. But this is still a visual feast with those ideas, more disturbing than scary. Gary Oldman stars as the infamous count, and the costars include Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Sadie Frost, and Tom Waits (the latter two are especially good).
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