There are many themes in the 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but one that stood out the most was Dracula’s passion. Almost the entire plot revolves around Dracula being devoted to his lost love Elisabeta, whom died centuries ago. After believing he had perished in battle from a note vengeful Turks sent, she flung herself from the castle walls, and Dracula came back to her corpse. After losing her, he renounced God and gave in to darkness to become the vampire we know today. Now, in the 19th century, he finds knowledge of a girl who bears a striking resemblance to his lost love. Knowing she exists, he makes it his goal to find her and make her his bride. He uses her fiancée, Johnathon Harker, to learn slightly of her, then heads to England to seduce her. After years of being without his love, he still has the same affection for her as ever before, even if it is a reincarnation, and would do almost anything to get her back. Francis Ford Coppola, the director, took advantage of this strange love triangle, and wanted the movie to almost seem like an erotic and sensual dream. He was also directing a movie surrounding AIDS, and his view on the impact blood has was reflected heavily in the film. Throughout the movie, Dracula feeds on Mina several times and she him, and their connection continues to build. During the movie’s climax, Dracula finds himself again in the chapel that he originally became a vampire in. He lies there dying and is joined by Mina, where he asks her to give him peace. They kiss before Mina pushes the knife already in his heart completely through him. After Dracula dies, the camera pans upward to show him and Elisabeta in the stained glass ceiling. Dracula may have finally reached his beloved after years of torment, and found redemption. His passion for his bride was never lost and he was willing to do anything to find something close to what he had, including seducing and fixating on someone who resembled her.
Bram Stoker's Dracula. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. Perf. Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona
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