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April 30, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Chazen Auditorium
USA, 1979, 35mm, 109 min.
Directed by John Badham
Cast: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Kate Nelligan
Bram Stoker’s legendary bloodsucker saga is given a lush, fog-filled 70s update from Badham, director of Saturday Night Fever. The suave and sexy Langella, recreating his turn from a successful Broadway production, is the perfect Dracula for the disco-era and Olivier is an enjoyably hammy Van Helsing. Badham eschews a pop soundtrack however, opting for a wonderfully doom-laden orchestral sound courtesy of composer John Williams.
In a career spanning over six decades, John Williams has established himself as the best-known movie music composer of all time. Our Sunday afternoon series for February-May takes us from Williams’ jazzy origins in 60s comedies and capers to his iconic orchestral scores for some of the biggest blockbusters from the 70s onward, including several key pairings with Williams’ most celebrated collaborator, director Steven Spielberg. Please note: While Lucasfilm is currently not licensing the first six chapters of the Star Wars saga for theatrical viewing, a prelude to this series will be offered on Sunday, January 29 when we present a screening of the Williams-scored Star Wars: The Force Awakens as part of the Best of 3-D series in our regular venue, 4070 Vilas Hall.
Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen, a collaboration between Cinematheque and the Chazen Museum of Art, presents archival and feature films curated by Cinematheque director Jim Healy. Screenings are free and begin at 2 p.m. There will be no admittance to the Auditorium after the film has started.