The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a screening of
Dracula in Istanbul/Drakula İstanbul'da (1953)
Director: Mehmet Muhtar
With a brief introduction by Prof Cemal Kafadar.
A Turkish version of Bram Stoker's original novel Dracula. The screenplay was based on a 1928 novel by Ali Riza Seyfi called Kazıklı Voyvoda ("Impaler Voivode"), and is more or less a translation of Stoker's novel, but there is no Renfield character and Güzin, the "Mina" character, is a showgirl given to performing in revealing outfits. This is the fourth dracula movie ever and the first film in which the count is represented with fanged teeth. Drakula/Dracula is played by Atif Kaptan. Both the novel and the film make an explicit connection with the historical Vlad the Impaler, the Prince and three-time Voivode of Wallachia.
In Turkish with English subtitles.
Contact: Liz Flanagan